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Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Colorado Rockies are in first place in the National League West. Yesterday’s 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians puts them at 38-23, 15 games above .500 for the first time since September 2010. They have the most wins in the National League (though the Nationals have a better win percentage due to the fact they’ve played three fewer games) and and are four-and-a-half games back of the Houston Astros (42-18) for the best record in baseball. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks (both 36-25) are tied for the fourth best record in baseball. If you’re not having fun yet, you should be.

Fan favorite Bud Black, rookie pitchers, CarGo news and more | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders has a BIG mailbag this week, with brief updates on a lot of players. The most valuable question is his breakdown of Greg Holland's contract, which is pretty complicated and was very confusing when it was first announced. Spoiler alert: he's likely going to end up triggering every benefit. But Saunders seems to think Holland would be open to returning to the Rockies in 2018. A sustained playoff run might make that decision even easier for him.

CarGo's 480-foot blast goes just foul, ends up in a LoDo resident's hand | Denver Post

If you missed the game yesterday, you missed one of the most incredible foul balls ever. In the fifth-inning, Carlos Gonzalez hit a pitch an estimated 480 feet down the right-field line, just foul. It was caught by a man who was standing on the concourse of the Rooftop area. No, really.

Dunn, mechanics better, ready to bolster Rockies’ bullpen | Denver Post

Mike Dunn went from a 1.17 ERA in April to a 9.35 ERA in May. Previewing the Cubs series, Saunders talks to Dunn about the adjustments he's made and why he thinks his struggles are behind him.

Where the (Ballpark) Weather Comes From | The Hardball Times

Our own Richard Bergstrom has been doing a lot of research into baseball weather this season and has a further investigation into weather reporting across the various ballparks up at THT yesterday.

Is Parra's 2017 different from 2016? | Rox Pile

Show this article to Rockies fans in the fall of 2016 and many will spit out their beverage. While Gerardo Parra still isn't quite up to where he was in his career peak years, he's been a heck of a lot better than last year. So, he'll be missed? What is this reality??

MLB came close to expanding rosters Rob Manfred says | BSN Rockies

There were a lot of changes bandied about during negotiations for the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB players and owners. One of them was expanding active rosters to 26 players. Rob Manfred, who as at Coors Field on Wednesday, details just how close they came.

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Rockies don’t give an inch, take a mile in win over Indians | Purple Row

An extended recap from yesterday's 8-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Rockies prospect Patterson battling through his 2nd season with Isotopes | Purple Row

Jordan Patterson, who was called up for the injured Parra, talks to our own Chris Jackson about his sophomore slump in Triple-A.

Improved Pitching Benefiting Project C.U.R.E. | FanPost from EndTheWave

Just two year ago, the local company, Newmont Mining signed up with the Rockies to sponsor Project C.U.R.E. by donating $50 for every strikeout thrown by a Rockies pitcher. They're racking them up, now.

The Value of Baseball | FanPost by RocktoberReminicser

One fan's journey to Rockies fandom, and how the team played a crucial role in a trying time.

Around the NL West

Goldschmidt’s 2017 season may be his best yet | AZ Snake Pit

If you're looking for reasons as to why the Diamondbacks are nipping that the Rockies' heels in the NL West, look no further than Paul Goldschmidt. "After a disappointing 2016 season that saw Goldschmidt drop from the MVP caliber player he was 2013-2015, it looks like that he’s rediscovered that form in early stages of 2017."

Opportunistic Dodgers salvage finale vs. Nationals | True Blue LA

Clayton Kershaw ended a three-game losing streak for the Dodgers by going seven innings with nine strikeouts en route to a 2-1 victory. The Dodgers remain two games back in the NL West.

Friars take three hours and forty-eight minutes to lose | Gaslamp Ball

The Diamondbacks also remain two games back after defeating the Padres 7-4 on Wednesday. The two teams match up again today.

FAQs about the Giants and the 2017 MLB Draft - McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee, National Treasure (not to be confused with National Treasure), breaks down the upcoming draft from the Giants' perspective. However, there's a lot of good information for anyone to use in there as well.