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Peaks & Valleys - August 1 - Carlos Gonzalez Hits For Cycle

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Welcome to August, everyone! What a way to close out July: Carlos Gonzalez Hits Walkoff Home Run To Complete Cycle. Yet, when I logged on today I found that Mark Kiszla article (first link in the Starting Lineup) stating that the Rockies don't care about winning, that not making a deal at the non-waivers trade deadline constitutes a failure, and that the owners need to open their pockets and let Dan O'Dowd sign someone like Adam Dunn in the off season (OK, maybe that last one makes some sense since Todd Helton doesn't have much left in him and Brad Hawpe is an iffy proposition at first base for the long term). What a downer to start the day.

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So Kiszla is paid to write stuff like that, and I keep linking to it. That's partly because that's what is expected of in the Starting Five: stories that will provoke discussion. But more than likely that discussion always turns into what a hack Kiszla is. Let's see if that happens here. . . .

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Oh, hey, did I mention that Carlos Gonzalez hit a walkoff home run to complete the cycle? Because he did! Jason Hammel cruised through seven innings and ultimately got charged for a total of four runs after Rafael Betancourt inherited two runners from Hammel and served up a three-run homer to tie the game in the eighth inning.

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The Broncos signed Demaryius Thomas to a five-year deal, just in time for today's first official practice.

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The Colorado Rapids battled to a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas with Dallas' goal coming on an own goal by the Rapids' Julien Baudet in the 22nd minute.

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On Tap For Today

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-The Broncos have their first full-squad workouts today. With Thomas and Tebow signed to contracts the Broncos have no holdouts.

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-Jorge De La Rosa and Carlos SIlva square off at 1:10 p.m. MT. The Rockies look for a sweep of the Cubs this afternoon before a much needed off day.

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