DENVER, CO - JUNE 10: Christian Friedrich #53 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the first inning during an interleague game against the Los Angeles Angels at Coors Field on June 10, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Angels Vs. Rockies: Colorado On 5-Game Losing Streak After Latest Loss

The Colorado Rockies are now on a five-game losing streak after a 10-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon.

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Rockies Vs. Angels Score Update: Rockies Drop 5th Straight

The disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies continued this weekend at Coors Field, as the Rockies dropped their fifth straight game with a 10-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Starting pitching was once again an issue for the Rockies, with Christian Friedrich the latest starter to struggle. Friedrich only made it through four innings, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs. The loss dropped Friedrich's record to 4-2 and increased his ERA to 5.85.

Colorado was able to get to Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana early, scoring six runs in the first two innings. However, Santana settled down afterwards and ultimately pitched 5.2 innings to earn the victory.

At the plate, Carlos Gonzalez continued his hot stretch, hitting his 16th home run of the season. Tyler Colvin drove in three runs and hit his sixth home run of the season.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Rockies Vs. Angels Score Update: Bad Pitching Leads To 6-6 Tie After 2nd Inning

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels are currently knotted up in a 6-6 tie through two innings on Sunday afternoon in a game that feels like it's straight out of Coors Field, circa 1997. The Angels busted out to a sizable lead in the first frame, but the game has quickly become a slugfest as both starting pitchers have struggled badly.

After one inning, the Angels led 4-1 as Christian Friedrich battled to find a comfort zone. He never found it, as he's allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks while managing to retire just six hitters. LA's Ervin Santana hasn't fared much better, though, giving up six runs on six hits over his first two frames.

Carlos Gonzalez leads the way for Colorado with a double and a homer in his first two plate appearances. The Rockies also got a three-run shot from Tyler Colvin as part of their five-run second inning. Torii Hunter and Mark Trumbo have each hit home runs for the Angels.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Rockies Vs. Angels Lineups: Colvin Batting Leadoff On Sunday

With righty Ervin Santana on the hill for the Los Angeles Angels today, Colorado Rockies outfielder Tyler Colvin is getting the start in centerfield today and he's batting leadoff. With Carlos Gonzalez in left and Michael Cuddyer in right, Dexter Fowler is getting the day off today.

Here are today's lineups for both the Rockies and Angels:

Rockies

  1. Tyler Colvin, CF
  2. Marco Scutaro, SS
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  5. Todd Helton, 1B
  6. Jordan Pacheco, 3B
  7. Wilin Rosario, C
  8. Chris Nelson, 2B
  9. Christian Friedrich, P

Angels

  1. Mike Trout, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B
  4. Mark Trumbo, LF
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  7. Erick Aybar, SS
  8. John Hester, C
  9. Ervin Santana, P

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.


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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Tulowitzki Says He'll 'Possibly' Be Back On June 15

Prior to the Colorado Rockies' game last night vs. the Los Angeles Angels, star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki completed a light workout that included running, fielding groundballs and hitting in the batting cage. Tulowitzki has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a strained left groin, and he told reporters that he'd "possibly" be ready to return to the team when he's eligible to come off the DL on this coming Friday, June 15.

Saturday's activity was the most that Tulowitzki has done since injuring his hamstring, and the team will ramp up his rehab this week if things go as planned. According to Tulowitzki, the biggest hurdle for him will be running the bases and especially taking his first step out of the batter's box after making contact with the ball.

The Rockies are 3-5 during Tulowitzki's DL stint.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies: Colorado Out To Avoid Winless Series Against Los Angeles

The Colorado Rockies (24-34) are on a four-game losing streaking entering Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Angels (31-29). The team lost the last two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and has dropped the first two games of this three-game series against the Angels. Will they be able to staunch the bleeding and win on Sunday?

The Rockies turn to Christian Friedrich (4-1, 4.50 ERA) to end the losing. Friedrich has won three games in a row, including the Rockies' last victory. He threw seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks in a 4-0 win. That start rivals his second career start, which saw him allow one run in seven innings and strike out 10. However, he took a no-decision in what turned into a 3-2 Rockies loss.

Ervin Santana (2-7, 5.33 ERA) will look to pick up his first win in nearly a month. Since May 15, Santana has is 0-1 in three starts, losing his last outing. The Seattle Mariners were able to hit Santana for seven runs in 4.2 innings, but six walks also had plenty to do with that. In those three no-decisions before that, Santana allowed 11 runs in 16 innings.

Game time/date: 1:10 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 10, 2012

Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO

TV/Radio: ROOT Sports/850 KOA

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies Score Update: Colorado Falls In The Return Of Jeff Francis

The big story heading into Saturday's matchup between the Los Angeles Angels and the Colorado Rockies was the return of Jeff Francis to Coors Field. Francis, who played a key role in leading the Rockies to the World Series in 2007 hadn't pitched for Colorado since the 2010 season.

Unfortunately, Francis struggled in his return to the mound for Colorado, giving up eight earned runs and 10 hits in just 3.1 innings, as the Rockies fell 11-5. Dan Haren earned the win for the Angels despite not having his best stuff, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs in just 5.1 innings.

The Rockies did most of their offensive damage with home runs, as four different guys went deep. Carlos Gonzalez hit his 15th home run of the season. Albert Pujols drove in four runs to help lead the Angels to the road win.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies Score Update: Francis Struggles In Return To Colorado

In his return to the franchise where he had his greatest success, Jeff Francis wasn't able to recapture the magic that made him such an integral part of the Colorado Rockies rotation. In his first start for the team since 2010, Francis allowed 10 hits and eight earned runs in just 3.1 innings, as the Rockies trail 8-3 after five innings.

Francis allowed the Angels to score in each of the first four innings, including five runs in the first two innings. Albert Pujols drove in a run in the first and second innings to help peg the Angels to the early lead. The Angels have done a majority of their damage on singles and doubles, as they have recorded 11 hits so far.

The Rockies have done their scoring through the home run, with Marco Scutaro, Carlos Gonzalez and Tyler Colvin all going deep off of Dan Haren.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies: Jeff Francis Takes Mound At Coors Field Once Again

The Colorado Rockies will look to have better success against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday when they have newly signed but familiar face Jeff Francis on the mound. The lefty officially signed with Colorado on Saturday and is wasting no time in getting back to the mound at Coors Field. Francis made 12 starts for the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A team before exercising his option to be released once June 1 came around.

Opposing Francis will be Dan Haren (3-6, 3.52 ERA), who made it through just five innings in his last start. He needed 104 pitches to get those 15 outs, likely a result of pitching 16 innings and striking out 21 over his previous two starts.

Here are the lineups for Saturday:

Angels Rockies
CF Mike Trout CF Dexter Fowler
RF Torii Hunter SS Marco Scutaro
1B Albert Pujols LF Carlos Gonzalez
LF Mark Trumbo 1B Jason Giambi
2B Howie Kendrick 3B Jordan Pacheco
3B Alberto Callaspo RF Tyler Colvin
SS Erick Aybar C Wil Nieves
C John Hester 2B DJ LeMahieu
P Dan Haren P Jeff Francis

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Rockies Roster Moves 2012: Jeff Francis Rejoins Rockies; Esmil Rogers Designated For Assignment

After spending the first seven seasons of his professional career with the Colorado Rockies, Jeff Francis will return to the mound at Coors Field, as the Rockies have signed him to an MLB deal and plan to start him today against the Los Angeles Angels:

@Rockies: sign Jeff Francis to MLB deal, designate Esmil Rogers for assignment. Francis starts for Rox today vs.

Francis played an integral role in the Rockies run to the World Series in 2007, winning 17 games during the season and starting the opening game of the World Series. From 2005-2007, Francis won 44 games and established himself as a key piece of the rotation. However, he struggled following the '07 season, winning just four games in 08 and missing the 2009 season with a shoulder injury. Francis spent last season with the Kansas City Royals, compiling a 6-16 record.

In order to make room for Francis, Esmil Rogers was designated for assignment. Rogers has an 0-2 record this season with an 8.03 ERA in 23 appearances.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies Final Score: C.J. Wilson, Torii Hunter Dominate Colorado For 7-2 Victory

The Colorado Rockies had nothing going for them on Friday evening against the Los Angeles Angels, losing in a 7-2 decision. Offensively, the Angels' Torii Hunter couldn't be stopped, going 3-for-5 with six RBI. On the mound, C.J. Wilson (7-4, 2.39 ERA) pitched eight innings of one-run ball while striking out nine.

Rockies starter Alex White (2-4, 5.66 ERA) had trouble with the long ball in the game, allowing two two-run home runs to Hunter, which came in the third and fifth innings. White allowed four runs in six innings and struck out six. The Angels didn't strike again until the ninth inning when Hunter singled in two runs off Esmil Rogers. Albert Pujols, playing third base, immediately followed with an RBI double.

Mike Trout, prospect extraordinaire, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Angels.

Marco Scutaro drove in the first Rockies run when he doubled home Eric Young Jr. in the sixth inning. Jordan Pacheco had a ninth-inning RBI triple to score the second run.

The Rockies (24-33, 15-16 home) return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon with Jeff Francis as the expected Saturday. The official announcement has not yet been made.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Angels Vs. Rockies Lineups: Albert Pujols To Start At 3rd Base For Los Angeles

The Colorado Rockies welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Coors Field for the first time since 2001, and this time around the Angels will have first baseman Albert Pujols with them. Used to seeing him in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, Pujols will don the halo of the Angels and take his spot on the field -- at third base.

With no designated hitter, the Angels needed to find a way to have both Pujols and Kendrys Morales in the lineup. this was the solution. Here is the complete lineup:

CF Mike Trout
RF Torii Hunter
3B Albert Pujols
1B Kendrys Morales
LF Mark Trumbo
2B Howie Kendrick
SS Erick Aybar
C John Hester
P C.J. Wilson

And the Rockies' lineup:

CF Dexter Fowler
SS Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton
3B Jordan Pacheco
C Wilin Rosario
2B DJ LeMahieu
P Alex White

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Angels blog Halos Heaven. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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Rockies Vs Angels: Chris Iannetta Returns To Coors Field For Interleague Play

The Colorado Rockies return home to continue interleague play against Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels.

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