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Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy found inspiration in Nolan Arenado at World Baseball Classic

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Rockies news and links for Monday, August 7, 2017.

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Thank Nolan Arenado for bringing Jonathan Lucroy’s leadership to the Colorado Rockies | Rox Pile

New Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy made such a positive impression on star third baseman Nolan Arenado during their World Baseball Classic championship run that he wanted to bring Lucroy to Denver. Lucroy himself was impressed with Arenado’s work ethic and attitude that Denver became an appealing landing spot for him one year after being traded to the Texas Rangers.

Lucroy is also bringing a veteran presence behind the plate for the Rockies young pitchers. Jon Gray saw the benefit of that in his 7-inning start on Saturday. He credited Lucroy with much of that success.

Antonio Senzatela returns to Rockies starting rotation; Tyler Chatwood moved to bullpen | Denver Post

Antonio Senzatela is back in the starting rotation after Tyler Chatwood struggled again in his last start. He’s slated to start on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians in Kyle Freeland’s rotation spot after he landed on the disabled list with a groin injury. It was likely that both Chatwood and Senzatela were going to go to the bullpen for the next few days with the multiple off days this week, but that was mitigated by Freeland’s injury.

LeMahieu (triceps) scratched from lineup | MLB.com

In case you missed it, LeMahieu was pulled from the starting lineup within an hour of first pitch last night due to a tight triceps. LeMahieu was hit by a pitch in the upper arm on Saturday and felt a twinge in his final at-bat later in the game. It seems precautionary, especially since the Rockies have an off-day today for him to heal, but we will know more about LeMahieu’s status once lineups are announced on Tuesday.

Baylor’s big presence left mark on game | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Richard Justice reflects on Don Baylor’s impact on the game of baseball after his passing was announced today. Baylor was the Rockies manager from 1993-1998 and won the National League Manager of the Year in 1995. He was 68.