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Rockies news and links for Sunday, April 9

Clayton Kershaw & Dodgers offense have rough night at Coors Field | True Blue LA

What is another glorious bullpen showing to the Rockies’ side of things is a night of missed opportunities on the Dodgers’ side of things. Eric Stephen notes that the Dodgers had opportunities in the seventh inning against Adam Ottavino and in the eighth inning against Jake McGee and still could not muster more than one run. That meant the Rockies held on and got to reap the rewards of hitting three home runs against Clayton Kershaw.

Eager for more after a taste of the big leagues, Pat Valaika takes on Albuquerque | Baseball Census

Cameron Goeldner caught up with Pat Valaika, currently of the Albuquerque Isotopes and he who hit for the cycle of Saturday, and has a number of interesting tidbits from the infielder on the ups and downs of trying to reach the big leagues. Valaika made his debut last September and at certain points looked like he might make the big club this spring. There’s also some high praise from coaches and teammates in here for a player we might see yet for the Rockies this season.

Why playing in the WBC actually might be safer than spring training | Fox Sports

It’s the bit after the reporting on the World Baseball Classic and injuries that will catch the attention of Rockies’ fans here, although that issue might also be relevant in the years to come.

Ken Rosenthal writes about the hot start of the Rockies’ bullpen and the number of options they have in the back of the bullpen in particular. He passes along the observation of one scout that Greg Holland can be just as nasty as he needs to be with his fastball and slider combination, even if the velocity of his glory days isn’t back just yet.

Jeremy Guthrie repeated the worst kind of history in return with Nationals | Big League Stew

Old friend alert! That guy who sarcastically tipped his cap to the Coors faithful somehow found himself on the mound for one of the favorites in the National League. As Mark Townsend details here, it didn’t go super great.