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Nationals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Wins In Extra Innings, 11-10

The Colorado Rockies salvaged a series split with Washington on Thursday.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Final Score: Marco Scutaro's Walkoff Single Delivers 11-10 Win For Colorado

Marco Scutaro hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Jonathan Herrera from third and give the Colorado Rockies a wild 11-10 win over the Washington Nationals at Coors Field on Thursday.

Related: Jorge De La Rosa Injury: Left-Hander Is Shut Down, May Miss All Of 2012

The Rockies started to scoring with five runs in the first and added two more in the second to build a 7-0 lead. Washington put together a big inning of its own in the third and scored five runs. By the ninth inning, Colorado was holding onto a slim 10-9 lead; Bryce Harper erased it with a solo home run, which set up Scutaro's heroics in the 11th.

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Colorado Rockies News: Bob Apodaca Named Special Assistant To GM Dan O'Dowd

Colorado Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked for a reassignment, and the Rockies obliged. Apodaca is now a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd.

Apodaca asked to be reassigned within the Colorado Rockies organization and was moved into the role of special assistant to general manager Dan O’Dowd. Initially, the assignment will be to step away from the game, clear his mind and get recharged.

Related: Jorge De La Rosa Injury: Left-Hander Is Shut Down, May Miss All Of 2012

Apodaca told the Rockies that he was tired and needed a break from coaching the pitching staff. The Rockies have had all kinds of trouble with the pitching staff, which ranks last in MLB with an ERA well over five.

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National Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks To Split Series On Thursday

The Colorado Rockies have had a miserable two days leading up to Thursday's finale against the Washington Nationals. But Colorado can still salvage a split in this series because they were able to beat Stephen Strasburg on Monday.

The Rockies will face Edwin Jackson (4-4, 2.91 ERA) on Thursday afternoon. Jackson has gone 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA in four June starts. That one loss came in a 4-1 decision against the New York Yankees on June 17. He bounced back on June 23 with 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the Baltimore Orioles. In three career starts at Coors Field -- just 12 innings -- Jackson has allowed 21 runs for a 15.75 ERA.

Josh Outman (0-3, 8.64 ERA) is still winless, but the Rockies did win their last game in which he started. Outman allowed five runs in 4.2 innings to the Texas Rangers, but the Rockies wound up with an 11-7 victory, the only win during that series. Still, after allowing zero runs in his first back on June 1, Outman has started four more games and allowed five runs three times and four runs once. The Rockies lost the first three of those starts.

This game will be played at 1:10 p.m MT and can be heard on 850 KOA. ROOT Sports will not televise the game, but it can be seen on MLB.tv if not in a blackout area.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Gets Drilled 11-5

The Colorado Rockies never had much hope vs. the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The Nats built an 8-0 lead before the Rockies finally got on the board in the third inning. Washington would go on to cruise to an 11-5 victory at Coors Field. The Nationals improve to 43-30, while Colorado falls to 28-46.

The Nationals had 13 hits and three homers in the win. Ryan Zimmerman was the star for Washington, finishing 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI. Colorado starter Edwar Cabrera allowed seven hits and seven runs (five earned) over 2.1 innings.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman improved to 4-6 by allowing eight hits and one run over seven innings.

Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and third baseman Jordan Pacheco each had two hits for the Rockies.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Score Update: Colorado Trails 9-1 After 5 Innings

The Colorado Rockies will head into the bottom of the sixth inning down 9-1 against the Washington Nationals in the series finale of the three-game set on Wednesday night at Coors Field. Colorado's 24-year old starter Edwar Cabrera was lifted after just 2.1 innings after getting shelled for seven runs (five earned) on five hits. The Rockies are on their third pitcher of the game at the moment, one-time starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Washington scored one in the first, three in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth. First baseman Tyler Moore, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and shortstop Ian Desmond have all gone deep for the Nats so far.

Washington has 10 hits to six for Colorado. The Rockies have two errors, Washington has one.

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Jorge De La Rosa Injury: Left-Hander Is Shut Down, May Miss All Of 2012

The Colorado Rockies have shut down left-handed starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa until at least September, as general manager Dan O'Dowd said on Wednesday. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that O'Dowd added it's possible De La Rosa will never appear in a game with the Rockies this season.

The news, which was revealed during a conference call with season ticket holders on Wednesday, comes after a recent examination of the pitcher's left elbow. De La Rosa had Tommy John surgery last June and he appeared to be nearing the end of his comeback a few weeks ago before a minor league rehab assignment ended prematurely.

There's still hope that De La Rosa will contribute this season, but the ongoing problems in his elbow don't leave a great deal of optimism. The pitcher has a $11 million player option for the 2013 season that's essentially a lock to be exercised.

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Rockies' Rotation Actually 6-Man, Soon To Be 7 And, Hell, Eventually 11 And Beyond

The Colorado Rockies' four-man rotation? Nah, that was just a figment of our imaginations. The Rockies actually have a six-man rotation that will soon be seven-men deep, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale:

Beginning a week ago, the Rockies went to a six-man rotation. While it was widely reported the Rockies went to a four-man rotation, [Rockies GM Dan] O'Dowd insists it includes recently demoted Jeremy Guthrie and Guillermo Moscoso. And it will soon expand to seven starters.

But that's not the end of Dan O'Dowd's great experiment. The rotation will eventually be 11-men deep and something even far beyond that when the roster expands to 40 players in September. O'Dowd admits that the team won't be able to bring in top pitchers, but he certainly can sign a large number of mediocre starters to make this work. Well, at least put into a process.

As bad as this might seem upon initial receipt of this move, the Rockies do need to try something different and this is certainly out of the box. But that it'll be successfully implemented? We might see a pig fly first.

At the end of the article, Tracy quotes the old saying about insanity and expecting different results from doing the same thing over and over. He then goes on to say that the team is committed to this. But how committed should ownership be to O'Dowd and Tracy. Sure, they've been given votes of confidence, but maybe some new thinkers are needed.

Here's to reinventing the wheel.

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Rockies Vs. Nationals: Edwar Cabrera Makes MLB Debut For Colorado

The Colorado Rockies rotation this season has been a constantly rotating door due to youth, injury, and general ineffectiveness. Colorado will use their 11th starting pitcher of the season on Wednesday, as they have called up left handed prospect Edwar Cabrera from the AA Tulsa Drillers to make his MLB debut.

Cabrera, 24, has quite a minor league resume. The lefty started 2011 in Asheville before being promoted midseason to High-A Modesto. He finished the season leading all of minor league baseball with 217 strikeouts over 167 innings -- dethroning reigning strikeout king and current Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore. Cabrera was named as a member of the World roster in next month's Futures Game. Similar to Juan Nicasio in 2011, Cabrera was dominating AA with a 2.94 ERA this season and will get a chance to display his pitching skills at the major league level.

The Washington Nationals will counter with Jordan Zimmerman (2-6, 2.89) on the mound. Zimmerman has pitched at least six innings in all 14 starts this year, and has only allowed more than three runs twice in that span.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm MT at Coors Field, Denver, CO

The game will be available on ROOT and 850 KOA

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Allows 21 Hits In 12-5 Loss

The Washington Nationals exploded for 21 hits on Tuesday night during a 12-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The win moves Washington to 42-30, while the Rockies fall to 28-45.

The Rockies did (briefly) make a game of it with a three-run third running to tie the game at three. From there, it was all Washington. The Nationals scored four in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the sixth en route to the victory. Tyler Moore, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche each homered for Washington. Shorstop Ian Desmond went 4-for-5 with two RBI in the victory for the Nats.

Colorado's 24-year old starter Christian Friedrich was chased after allowing nine hits and four earned runs in 4.1 innings. He falls to 4-5 with the loss.

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Colorado Rockies News: LHP Edwar Cabrera Promoted, Could Start Wednesday's Game

The Colorado Rockies called up LHP Edwar Cabrera from double-A on Tuesday. He is likely to start for the Rockies on Wednesday, according to Troy Renck.

The left-hander led all of minor-league baseball in strikeouts last year. He has enjoyed a strong season in Tulsa this year, relying on a sinker and the organization's best changeup.

"I made it my goal to reach the big leagues this year. I was surprised when they told me. But I have been pitching with all of my heart and all of mind to get here," said Cabrera, who will wear No. 46 with the Rockies.

Related: Nationals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For Elusive Winning Streak On Tuesday

Cabrera is 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 starts for double-A Tulsa in 2012. He has struck out 82 and walked 23 in 98 innings.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Lineups: Chris Nelson Gets A Start At 2B

The Colorado Rockies got a solid pitching performance in a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Monday, and they'll hope to keep that going when the two teams meet on Tuesday. Christian Friedrich (4-4, 5.65 ERA) will get the start on the mound for Colorado, while Gio Gonzalez (9-3, 2.55) will get the ball for Washington. The full lineups for Tuesday's game are below.

Related: Nationals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For Elusive Winning Streak On Tuesday

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Bob Apodaca Reassigned: Colorado Rockies Pitching Coach Steps Down

Colorado Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked to be reassigned and the team agreed, according to reports from Thomas Harding and the USA TODAY.

Apodoca [sic], the Rockies' pitching coach for the last 10 years, requested the reassignment, Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd told USA TODAY Sports. The Rockies have recently transformed their pitching staff into a four-man rotation, limiting each starter to 75 pitches.

Related: Nationals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For Elusive Winning Streak On Tuesday

The pitching duties fall on bullpen coach Jim Right for Tuesday's game against Washington, according to Troy Renck. The Rockies have not made a decision regarding who will replace Apodaca for the long term.

Apodaca has worked for the Rockies since 2002.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Goes For Elusive Winning Streak On Tuesday

The Colorado Rockies haven't enjoyed a winning streak since their brief two-game run from June 2-3, but with a win on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals they can match that less-than-impressive streak. It has been tough sledding for Colorado in June (the team is just 7-15 this month), so any little sign of life would be welcome at this point. The Rockies turn to Christian Friedrich to keep them on track, while the Nats will counter with lefty Gio Gonzalez. Friedrich has struggled during June, posting a 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 22.0 innings with the team taking a loss in three of his four starts.

Tuesday's game will be played at 6:40 p.m. MT and can be seen on ROOT Sports and heard on 850 KOA.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Final Score: Coloardo Earns Improbable 4-2 Win Over Stephen Strasburg

The Colorado Rockies would seem to be facing long odds by going against Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Sunday night, but that little fact didn't stop Jim Tracy's team from grabbing a 4-2 victory in the series opener of a four-game set on Monday night. Colorado improved to 28-44 on the year, while Washington falls to 41-30.

Related: Colorado Rockies RHP Alex White Sent Down To Triple-A

Rockies starter Jeff Francis pitched well, allowing five hits and two runs over five innings while striking out five. It was reliever Josh Roenicke who picked up the victory to improve to 3-0, though, after the 29-year old righty allowed only one hit over two innings.

Colorado surged ahead with a two-run sixth inning. Carlos Gonzalez drove-in the first run with a single to right fielder. First baseman Todd Helton brought home the second run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center.

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Colorado Rockies News: Zach Putnam Promoted From Triple-A

The Colorado Rockies demoted struggling right-hander Alex White on Monday evening after the 23-year old posted a 6.45 ERA and 1.66 WHIP over 10 starts. Now we know who will be taking White's spot on the roster. Zach Putnam, come on down.

Related: Colorado Rockies RHP Alex White Sent Down To Triple-A

Putnam is a 24-year old righty who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Michigan. Putnam made his MLB debut on September 13, 2011 against the Indians. His career stats in the big leagues are as follows: 1-1 overall record with a 6.14 ERA and nine strikeouts.

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Colorado Rockies RHP Alex White Sent Down To Triple-A

The Colorado Rockies have demoted starter Alex White to triple-A Colorado Springs. Manager Jim Tracy did not discuss who would be taking White's spot in the rotation, according to Thomas Harding.

Related: Nationals Vs. Rockies: Stephen Strasburg Makes Coors Field Debut On Monday

White is 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 10 starts for the Rockies this season. He has struck out 34 and walked 22 in 51-2/3 innings of work.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies Lineups: Colorado Welcomes 1st Place Washington

The Colorado Rockies welcome the Washington Nationals to town for a three-game series beginning on Monday; the lineups for the first game are listed below.

Jeff Francis is on the hill for Colorado, while Stephen Strasburg goes for Washington.

Related: Nationals Vs. Rockies: Stephen Strasburg Makes Coors Field Debut On Monday

The game is set to start at approximately 6:40 p.m. MT. Root Sports will have the TV coverage.

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Nationals Vs. Rockies: Stephen Strasburg Makes Coors Field Debut On Monday

The Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals begin a four-game series on Monday night. Stephen Strasburg starts at Coors Field on Monday.

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