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Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon selected to participate in 2017 Home Run Derby

Rockies news and links for Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon in Home Run Derby -
In addition to sending four players to the All-Star Game in Miami next week, the Rockies will have a participant in the 2017 Home Run Derby in outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Perhaps not the first Rockies candidate in most minds for the Derby, Blackmon told's Max Gelman that he was surprised and excited to be chosen to participate. He hit his 18th home run of the season in Monday's 5-3 win over the Reds.

Carlos Gonzalez returns to the Rockies after injury. But now Ian Desmond is injured - The Denver Post
The Rockies swapped veteran outfielders on and off the disabled list on Monday, with Carlos Gonzalez returning to the lineup and Ian Desmond headed to the 10-day DL with a calf strain. There will be more roster moves later in the week, as Nick Groke reports that Gerardo Parra is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque today and return to the Rockies this weekend.

Rockies' Mark Reynolds involved in Final Vote -
First baseman Mark Reynolds can be the Rockies' fifth All-Star if he wins the NL Final Vote this week. His manager and teammates took time to stump for him prior to Monday's win over Cincinnati.

Effectively Wild Episode 1079: The Most and Least Satisfying First Halves - FanGraphs Baseball
On the most recent episode of the Effectively Wild podcast, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talked with Brian Lacusky, who played a role in the construction of Coors Field.

Nolan Arenado analyzes his highlight reel play - RoxPile
Before adding yet another highlight play to his portfolio on Monday, Nolan Arenado talked to Kevin Henry about his diving stop and throw in San Francisco to retire Giants pitcher Ty Blach on Wednesday.

We have yet to see the best of Jon Gray - BSN Rockies
After returning to the Rockies' rotation Friday in Arizona, right-hander Jon Gray talked with Drew Creasman about injury rehab and his plans for the rest of the 2017 season. Gray will be back on the mound Wednesday against the Reds.

Purple Row

Greg Holland leads the Colorado Rockies bullpen power rankings - Purple Row
Ryan Schoppe compiled the Purple Row staff's rankings of how the eight members of the Rockies bullpen have performed of late, with closer Greg Holland coming out on top.