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Saturday Rockpile: Raimel Tapia gets first major-league hit

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Rockies news and links for Saturday, September 3, 2016

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Tapia among Rockies' roster reinforcements | MLB.com

September means roster expansions and yesterday the Rockies took full advantage by calling up, among others, top prospects Raimel Tapia and Tom Murphy. During his pre-game press conference yesterday Weiss hinted at how he plans to use each of these new talents:

These are a couple of guys who can help us win games. I don't have an exact plan on how I am going to use them. ... But I know that with Murphy, especially, he's going to get some time. And Tapia is a nice weapon to have off the bench."

Last night Tapia made his major league debut as a pinch hitter and legged out an infield hit before eventually scoring the game tying run in the fifth inning. It wasn’t the type of barreled liner that we might have expected from Tapia. But we wouldn’t have expected Ichiros 3,000th hit to nearly leave the park and ultimately result in a triple. Tapia has time enough to barrel some balls. Let’s hope he gets the start tonight.

Stephen Cardullo’s road from independent ball to Rockies was remarkable journey | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders has a full profile on Stephen Cardullo and just what it means to him—and his dad—to make it this far.

Nolan Arenado is a different kind of hitter now | Beyond the Box Score

Anthony Rescan of Beyond the Box Score looks at what Nolan Arenado has done differently this year to take his offensive game to a new level. He focuses on some of the changes he’s made, such as not swinging as much, especially at breaking balls outside of the zone. He also looks at the quality of contact Arenado has made, as shown by his exit velocity and the launch angle of his balls in play.