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February 25, 2009 9:01 AM

Gonzalez not steroid victim

Infielder Luis Gonzalez was suspended from playing professionally in Japan for a year for failing a drug test. He, however, did not test positive for steroids, despite reports to the contrary.

February 25, 2009 8:48 AM

Helton sits spring opener

The Rockies are taking it slow with Todd Helton this spring. He is not in the lineup for today's spring opener, but it's by design.

February 24, 2009 12:47 PM

Rockies in BA's top 100 prospects

Three Colorado Rockies prospects made Baseball America's list of the top 100 prospects. Outfielder Dexter Fowler was 15th, pitcher Jhoulys Chacin was 46th and pitcher Christian Friedrich was 95th.

Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Matt Wieters topped the list, followed by Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.

See the full list here or read more about the Rockies' top 10 prospects here.

February 19, 2009 5:01 PM

D-Backs hold back Webb from NL West

Arizona is planning to hold back right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb for the third or fourth game of spring training, instead of starting him in the spring opener, against the Colorado Rockies.

By pushing Webb back, he won't face any National League West teams this spring. That's a familiar pattern for the Diamondbacks, who like to keep their top pitchers from getting too much spring training exposure against division rivals.

February 19, 2009 12:19 PM

Rockies consider moving spring site

The Colorado Rockies are looking to move to the Phoenix area for spring training, most likely in 2011. They have been in Tucson since their inception in 1993. The only major league baseball teams with a longer tenure in Arizona are the Cubs, who have been in Mesa since 1979; the Giants, who have been in Scottsdale since 1981; and the A's, who have been in Phoenix since 1982. The Angels moved to Tempe and Seattle to Peoria in 1993, the same year the Rockies began training in Tucson.

The Rockies can opt out of their lease in Tucson because the Chicago White Sox moved to Glendale this year, leaving only the Rockies and Diamondbacks in Tucson. The Rockies looked into remaining in the Tucson area, but local officials have been unable to come up with the financial package to build a new facility.

The most likely option for the Rockies will be a shared complex with Arizona on Gila River Indian Reservation near Chandler, which is on the south side of metropolitan Phoenix.

February 19, 2009 12:01 PM

Bard gets new number in second Sox stint

Having grown up in the Denver area, Boston catcher Josh Bard has usually attempted to wear No. 7 out of respect for former Broncos quarterback John Elway. But in Bard's first tour with the Red Sox, he adjusted because Trot Nixon had No. 7. So Bard wore No. 77, which was the number Ray Bourque wore with the Avalanche and Karl Mecklenburg wore with the Broncos.

This time around, Bard is wearing No. 3, which Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx wore during his days with the Red Sox, who never retired the number because the key portion of Foxx's career was spent with the Philadelphia A's. Bard discovered No. 3 was available during an offseason search of Red Sox history.

"For a low number to be available on a team with as much history as the Red Sox really got to me," Bard told Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald. "And with it being a number worn by Jimmie Foxx, I mean, why not take advantage of that?"

February 18, 2009 4:16 PM

Grilli joins Rockies before WBC

RHP Jason Grilli, delayed in arriving for spring training because of the death of his grandmother, went through the full workout Wednesday. He will spend a little more than a week with the Colorado Rockies and will then leave for the WBC, where he will pitch for Italy.

February 17, 2009 12:14 PM

Mount Rockmore supplemental draft

As spring training opens for the Colorado Rockies in 2009 and we start to wonder what the future will hold, it's a good time to look back on the past and find an answer to this questions: Who are the four greatest Rockies?

We're starting with a list of 12 great Rockies filled with Blake Street Bombers, a few pitchers who have proved it is possible to survive in the thin air of Colorado, one speedster whose greatest moment might have been a home run and a couple of players who own two of the biggest moments in Rockies history. We've also added seven other Rockies with notable places in team lore to our supplemental draft. Read bios of all the players and vote here.

February 17, 2009 10:59 AM

Reynolds knows debut was a bust

Greg Reynolds, the highest draft pick in Rockies history, talked to ColoradoRockies.com about how disappointing the start to his major league career has gone, especially when compared to players who were drafted behind him like the Giants' Tim Lincecum and the Mariners' Brandon Morrow. Read more here.

February 17, 2009 10:51 AM

The other former D-Backs prospect

Much attention has been devoted this winter to Carlos Gonzalez, a former top Diamondbacks prospect who was traded to Oakland in a package for Dan Haren then to the Rockies in a package for Matt Holliday. The Arizona Daily Star profiles another former Diamondbacks prospect who took the same route to Colorado: Greg Smith. Read more here.

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