Rockies prospect quintet comes up big

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Arenado willing to go a long way for a homer

February 24, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado insisted on making the 45-minute drive across the Valley of the Sun. His homer off Reds lefty Cody Reed in the Rockies’ 11-4 victory Saturday afternoon was the payoff. “I’ll drive days for a homer,” Arenado said. View Full Game Coverage The Rockies had a reduced number of practice days between Monday’s onset of full-squad workouts and Friday’s start of Spring Training games. Left fielder…

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Ottavino off to good start after tough 2017

February 24, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Taking Friday’s first Cactus League game as a call to put up, Rockies righty reliever Adam Ottavino threw a spotless fifth inning with a strikeout to begin his quest to erase a poor 2017. “It was embarrassing, quite frankly,” Ottavino said. “It hurt, but it was good. It drove me pretty hard this offseason to get after it. We’ll see what the results are.” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —…

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Nuggets Keep Cool Down Stretch, Down Spurs 122-119

February 24, 2018

There are these moments in games sometimes when the sky starts falling. Calls start swaying in the other team’s direction. Frustrations boil to the surface. Multiple technical fouls are tossed around. When San Antonio star LaMarcus Aldridge stepped to the free throw line with 4:36 left in the game, there were cracks in the Nuggets’ sky. Three minutes earlier, they’d owned an eight-point lead. Aldridge tied the game at 112….

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Tapia homers in audition for leadoff spot

February 23, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies’ Raimel Tapia unveiled his Charlie Blackmon imitation Friday afternoon. The Rockies are considering dropping center fielder Blackmon — after his 37 home runs and 103 (of his 104 total) RBIs from leadoff to third in the order, but must find another leadoff hitter to do so. Tapia has bat-to-ball skills and speed associated with leadoff hitters. View Full Game Coverage SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies’…

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Nuggets in the 2000s: Allen Iverson

February 23, 2018

The backdrop could have been straight out of a movie. A star acquired. A late December snow storm complicating his ability to get to Denver. But then he did. Of course he did. Allen Iverson arrived in the Mile High City on Dec. 23, 2006 with just enough time to get to the Pepsi Center, to take a physical – and pass it – to take a few pregame shot…

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Game Preview: Nuggets Gear Up for Frantic Stretch Run

February 23, 2018

Gary Harris just didn’t need to hear the rest of the question. Last year? Sooo last year. This year? The Nuggets, he said, are much more ready to take on the mental and physical grind of a true playoff run. “We’re a totally different team,” Harris said. “We’re a lot more mature this year. And even this year we had some games that we let slip away, but I feel…

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Nuggets of the 2000s: Allen Iverson

February 23, 2018

The backdrop could have been straight out of a movie. A star acquired. A late December snow storm complicating his ability to get to Denver. But then he did. Of course he did. Allen Iverson arrived in the Mile High City on Dec. 23, 2006 with just enough time to get to the Pepsi Center, to take a physical – and pass it – to take a few pregame shot…

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Nuggets in the 2000s: Kenyon Martin

February 23, 2018

Kenyon Martin is a complex individual. Always has been. He likes it that way. But in seven seasons with the Nuggets in the 2000s, there is some easy word association to sum his time up. Toughness. Heart. Perseverance. Chameleon. Yes, chameleon. Let’s start right there. For anyone who watched Martin’s entire career, going back to college at Cincinnati, they saw a player that started out as one of the most…

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Nuggets in the 2000s: Marcus Camby

February 22, 2018

Got five minutes to get your adrenaline going? Watch a highlight reel of Marcus Camby’s blocked shots. THHHWWWAT! These weren’t just blocks. They were full-scale annihilations of the basketball. Camby batted shots all over the court – all the way down the court, all the way into the stands. They were the kind of swats that made ball-handlers think twice about careening down the lane assuming a layup or dunk…

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