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Peaks & Valleys - July 8 - Rockies Continue Late-Inning Surprises

If the last two nights have taught us anything about the Rockies' season thus far, it's that you don't turn off (or leave) the game early. You just don't. As I wrote in the Purple Row game recap, these come-from-behind victories are becoming all too common, but they're still as exciting as ever.

Peaks

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-Brad Eldred made his Rockies debut and went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. He will play first in Todd Helton's absence.

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-Clint Barmes, surprisingly, has a 14-game hitting streak, which started on June 23 against the Red Sox.

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-Dexter Fowler, contrary to those who want him to stop switch-hitting, can hit as a lefty. Evidence: yesterday's game-tying three-run homer.

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-The last two games have definitely shown that Chris Iannetta knows how to hit still.

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-Check out InsideTheRockies.com for more highlights from this game.

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-The Broncos were awarded OL Kirk Barton off waivers yesterday. Offensive line depth/competition in training camp is always a good thing.

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Valleys

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-Aaron Cook surrendered five runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. Let's be reactionary and kick him out of the rotation for Jhoulys Chacin. Actually, that might not be a bad idea. But it is clear that Cook isn't worth what the Rockies are paying him right now ($9 million this season, $9.25 million next year).

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-Todd Helton went on the DL. As the Mark Kiszla article in the Starting Lineup ponders, it's time to prepare for the post-Helton era.

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On Tap For Today

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-The Rockies look to complete the sweep against the Cardinals this afternoon. Chris Carpenter faces Ubaldo Jimenez at 1:10 p.m. MT.

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-Voting for the last spot on the All-Star teams ends today at 2 p.m. MT. Vote Carlos Gonzalez!

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-The Decision (or whatever ridiculous name they're calling it) gets made tonight at 7 p.m. MT on ESPN. Find out where LeBron James is going in the first 10 minutes and then turn it off.

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