Rockies Vs. Yankees: Ty Wigginton Homers Twice, But Colorado Loses, 6-4

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Colorado Drops Series WIth 6-4 Loss To New York

The Colorado Rockies did improve upon their 2004 showing in the Bronx by winning a game against the New York Yankees. However, that happened on Friday. The Rockies dropped the next two games, ending Sunday with a 6-4 loss.

Had the game ended after the top of the sixth inning, the Rockies would have left with a victory. Ty Wigginton had hit home runs (12) in the second and sixth innings, Chris Iannetta had hit his 10th homer of the season in the fifth inning, and Todd Helton hit a sacrifice fly in that inning as well. The Rockies held a 4-3 lead.

But all was not to be for the Rockies. Starter Juan Nicasio allowed back-to-back home runs to Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada in the fifth inning, cutting the Rockies' lead to 4-3. Nicasio started the sixth inning by allowing a bunt single and steal of second to Brett Gardner. After he walked Curtis Granderson, Nicasio left in favor of Matt Belisle. Mark Teixeira grounded into a force out, but the runners on base moved to second and third. Alex Rodriguez then singled to left field to tie the game at 4-4.

Belisle came out for the seventh and wound up allowing an Eduardo Nunez single to break the tie in favor of the Yankees, 5-4. Mark Reynolds allowed a Mark Teixeira home run in the eighth inning for a 6-4 Yankees lead.

The Rockies (38-39, 19-20 away) visit the Chicago Cubs for one game on Monday to make up a game that was rained out in April. Game time is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Juan Nicasio, Ivan Nova Pitch To Decide Series

The Colorado Rockies' chance at winning their series with the New York Yankees was delayed a day when they lost, 8-3, on Saturday afternoon. CC Sabathia was brilliant for eight innings allowing just one run. Ty Wigginton came up with a two-run home run for the Rockies in the top of the ninth, but it was too little and too late to matter much.

The Rockies will turn to rookie Juan Nicasio on Sunday afternoon. Making his second career interleague start and sixth overall start, Nicasio is looking to rebound from his outing against the Cleveland Indians on the road. Ultimately, the Rockies did win that game, 8-7, but Nicasio failed to complete the fifth inning. In total he allowed six runs (two scored as inherited runners to Rex Brothers) on seven hits (two home runs) in 4.2 innings. It was a disappointment after having struck out nine and allowing two runs in his second win of the season, defeating the Padres, 6-3.

Ivan Nova will do his best to keep the Rockies in check. The 24-year-old righthander has pitched roughly the same this season as he had in 2010. His ERA has improved slightly from 4.50 to 4.13, but he's still allowing base runners at roughly the same rate (1.450 to 1.452 in 2010). Nova enters this game having come off his best start of the season. On the road against the Cincinnati Reds, Nova threw eight innings of one-run ball and struck out seven to improve to 7-4 this season.

This game starts at 12:05 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Colorao Loses, 8-3, To Dominant CC Sabathia, New York

The Colorado Rockies were unable to follow up on Friday night's victory over the New York Yankees with a win on Saturday afternoon, falling, 8-3, to CC Sabathia and his offensive support. The Rockies needed to wait until the ninth inning to finally make some, albeit late, noise.

The Rockies scored their first run of the game in the eighth inning on a Seth Smith single to right field, putting Matt Pagnozzi across home plate. In the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi (0-for-3, 2 K), one day after homering at New Yankee Stadium, drew a leadoff walk before Ty Wigginton blasted a home run ball to left field, his 10th of the season, off Buddy Carlyle. Of course, manager Jim Tracy took Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki out of the game early when the team was down. 8-0.

The Yankees' CC Sabathia became the first pitcher to reach 10 wins this season by twirling a gem. He allowed one run on seven hits and struck out nine. Aaron Cook, though, looked lost once again by allowing six runs over 5.2 innings. It all went wrong from the start, allowing a bunt single to Brett Gardner to start the game. After stealing second, Gardner scored on a Curtis Granderson single. 

Alex Rodriguez added three RBI with an RBI single and a two-run double. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada contributed with a sac fly and an RBI double, respectively. Rex Brothers and Clayton Mortensen kept the Yankees off the board for 1.1 innings, but Rafael Betancourt surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning.

The Rockies (38-38, 19-19 away) complete this series on Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. MT. Juan Nicasio and Ivan Nova are scheduled to start.

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Colorado In Search For 2nd Win At Yankee Stadium

The 2011 Colorado Rockies didn't let the ghosts of 2004 keep them down when they played their first game in the new Yankee Stadium on Friday night, winning 4-2. Jason Giambi made his return to New York in roaring fashion with a home run in the second inning and three hits in total. He will continue to be the Rockies' designated hitter this series.

Hopefully he'll be able to help Aaron Cook, who makes his fourth start of the season. Cook has dropped his last two starts, and in his last start he just didn't look quite all together. He did manage to work his way through six innings, but he gave up four runs during that time. But as has been the case with the Rockies' pitching, the offense hasn't done much to help alleviate the situation. The Rockies lost that game to the Tigers, 9-1. While this is his first career regular season start against the Yankees, Cook did pitch in relief during the 2008 All-Star Game in the old Yankee Stadium. He went three innings and allowed zero runs, but walked three. The AL went on to win in the 15th inning.

CC Sabathia is already turning in another solid season for the Yankees. His nine wins are tied for the MLB lead with 11 other pitchers. He sports a 3.39 ERA through 16 starts and 114 innings. However, June hasn't been the kindest month to him. In his last three starts he's allowed a total of 14 runs (6, 4, 4). He lost only the contest that he allowed six runs in. In the other two his offense has put up 12 runs and 10 runs, respectively, while his bullpen has shut the door on opposing batters. Sabathia has made five career starts against the Rockies, four coming in 2005 or earlier when he was with the Indians. The other came in 2008 as his first start with the Milwaukee Brewers. He walked five, struck out five and allowed three runs in six innings.

This game will have its first pitch at 11:05 a.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Jason Giambi Homers In Return To New York

Escaping the shadows on their 2004 trip to the Bronx, the Colorado Rockies took Game 1 of their series with the New York Yankees, 4-2, on Friday night. Jason Giambi started the offense when he delivered a home run (8) in the top of the second inning. But the Rockies needed more than that to win the game.

Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his third win of the season by throwing seven innings of two-run ball. He did walk four, but seven strikeouts came with them. Alex Rodriguez drove in both runs, a double and a sac fly accounting for them. Matt Reynolds and Huston Street finished things out, the latter picking up save No. 23.

After Giambi's homer in the second, Todd Helton had an RBI single in the third. In the fourth inning, Ty Wigginton broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI ground out to score Jason Giambi (who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk). Troy Tulowitzki added an insurance run with his 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning.

The Rockies (38-37, 19-18 away) continue this series on Saturday at 11:05 a.m. MT. Aaron Cook and CC Sabathia are the scheduled starters.

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Rockies Vs. Yankees: Ubaldo Jimenez Makes 1st Start Against New York

It's been seven years since the Colorado Rockies visited the Bronx to face the Yankees. It wasn't pleasant memories, as the Rockies dropped all three games in that early June series. But that was 2004, a far different time for the Colorado Rockies.

Now the Rockies are division contenders with legitimate stars in Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Ubaldo Jimenez. The former takes the mound in Yankee Stadium on Friday night, his first career start against the Yankees. It's been an up-and-down season for Jimenez. The start to his season was rough, but over the last month and a half he's turned in some solid starts. The Dodgers tagged him for seven runs two starts ago, but last Saturday Jimenez picked up his second win in a Rockies 5-4 victory. He allowed three runs in five innings and struck out five.

The Yankees counter with A.J. Burnett who is 7-5 on the season. He split his last two starts. On June 13, Burnett lost, 1-0, to the Cleveland Indians, but went 7.2 innings and struck out eight. On June 18, he picked up the win after pitching 5.1 innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight. All four of Burnett's career starts against the Rockies came while he was a member of the Florida Marlins. He went 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA, but hasn't seen the Rockies since 2004.

Expected pitching matchups:

Friday
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. A.J. Burnett, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Saturday
Aaron Cook vs. CC Sabathia, 11:05 a.m. MT, ROOT

Sunday
Juan Nicasio at Ivan Nova, 12:05 p.m. MT, ROOT/TBS

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