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Rockies news and links for Monday, June 19, 2017.

Colorado Rockies: Chad Bettis has bullpen session on first Father's Day | Rox Pile

Lost in the shuffle of Father's Day, a great moment with a fan, and Nolan being Nolan, Chad Bettis made a major first step towards returning to the Rockies rotation on Sunday, throwing his first bullpen session since undergoing chemotherapy. Earlier this week, the Rockies faced Jameson Taillon, a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who was also diagnosed with testicular cancer, on his first start since undergoing treatment. It went well for Taillion, and we can hope Bettis follows a similar trajectory.

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon coaches father | MLB.com

Was your dad a youth coach of yours? Was there always one thing that he harped on you about? Have you ever hoped to turn the tables and show him how hard it is to not attack the basket every time you touch the ball (or something like that)? Well, Charlie Blackmon got the chance to coach his dad, Myron, at Rockies Fantasy Camp and, sure enough, Myron couldn't lay off the high cheese.

Rockies' road trips are no longer a dead end, thanks to better pitching, more timely hitting | Denver Post

The Rockies are winning consistently on the road for the first time in team history. Bud Black's two-note message in spring training might have helped; he believes in the talent on the team and he won't hear any excuses.

Purple Row

Rockies’s Chad Bettis reunites with fellow cancer patient | Purple Row

In the feel-good realm of the internet, enjoy some pictures of Chad Bettis and fellow cancer patient Megan, who had met previously. Get ready for some feelings.

Colorado Rockies call up Carlos Estévez, place Chad Qualls on 10-day DL | Purple Row

In case you missed it, Carlos Estévez is back with the team again as Chad Qualls hits the 10-day Disabled List with back spasms. It's the fourth time Estevez has been added to the roster this year and the second DL stint for Qualls.

Around the Division

Dodgers hold on to finish off season sweep of Reds | True Blue LA

The Dodgers held off a Reds comeback to sweep Cincinnati and stay on pace with the Rockies.

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4 | AZ Snake Pit

Somehow the rest of the NL West keeps winning. It's like it's the best division in baseball or something!

Giants play as hard as they can only to get swept extra hard in Colorado | McCovey Chronicles

The game recap from the Giants perspective is just as sweet. Also, McCovey Chronicles is great.