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Rockies news and links for April 20, 2019

McMahon returns with bang, hits 2 HRs vs. Phils |
The returns of Ryan McMahon and David Dahl have represented a boon to the Colorado Rockies’ offense. McMahon’s performance on Thursday night, in particular, marked a highlight of the 2019 season so far. All of McMahon’s at-bats resulted in a ball in play with an exit velocity over 100 mph. McMahon’s two home runs and five runs batted in were both career highs. McMahon had felt he was getting into a groove prior to his stint on the Injured List, but it appears he hasn’t missed a beat.

Thomas Harding of has news on McMahon and Kyle Freeland’s blister.

Colorado Rockies: Deep rotation faces a Monday question | Rox Pile
The Rockies will have decisions to make with regards to their starting rotation, writes Rox Pile’s Jake Shapiro. While Chad Bettis has been moved to the bullpen for the time being, it’s not definite that he will remain in that role. For now, Antonio Senzatela is a member of the starting five, but Tyler Anderson is expected to return from the Injured List soon.

‘This is a 24/7 job’: MLB team translators serve a vital role in modern game | Sporting News
An occupation that rarely gets talked about in the world of Major League Baseball is that of the team translator. All teams were not required to have such a position until the 2016 season, but it has paid dividends for many players who are learning English as a second language. Jared Wyllys of Sporting News tells the story of three individuals who have embraced the role of this “24/7 job.”

On the farm

Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP) and Sam Hilliard (No. 11 PuRP) both homered for Albuqerque, while Ryan Castellani (No. 10 PuRP) had yet another solid outing. He struck out eight batters over six scoreless innings. Castellani’s season ERA now sits at 1.72.

For Hartford, Scott Burcham collected his first extra-base hit of the year— a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning to give the Yard Goats a 4-3 victory over New Hampshire.

Despite a grand slam from Casey Golden in the eighth inning, Lancaster was no match for the Visalia offense.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 6, Tacoma Rainiers 0 |

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3 |

High-A: Visalia Rawhide 13, Lancaster JetHawks 4 |

Single-A: Asheville Tourists vs. West Virginia Power postponed due to rain. A makeup game will take place as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.