DENVER -- Tyler Colvin made his fourth career start at first base Thursday against Oakland. If Colvin can stay hot, the usual outfielder may spend more time at first."How the bat comes will go a long way to determine that," said manager Jim Tracy. "This is a premium offensive spot that requires a run-producer, a guy who can hit the ball over the fence. Can he do all that on a regular basis to qualify?"
Colvin is hitting .467 (7-for-15) the last five games, with four home runs and six RBIs, despite going 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Wednesday night's 10-8 loss to the A's. He's slugging .564 this season, which would rank second in the National League among first basemen, were Colvin to qualify as a first baseman and have the requisite number of plate appearances.Todd Helton had a scheduled day off, opening up a spot for Colvin, who started Wednesday in left field in place of Carlos Gonzalez (rest). The previous two games, Colvin's starts came at the expense of center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Cuddyer on pace for one of his best seasons
DENVER -- Michael Cuddyer says his 2006 season with the Twins was the best of his career -- triple-digit RBIs and runs, a career-high 41 doubles, 24 home runs.There are still 100 games left in this campaign, but Cuddyer, 33, is on pace to make 2012 an even better statistical year. Entering Thursday's game against Oakland, Cuddyer was hitting .284, the same average he had six seasons ago. He has nine home runs, 42 RBIs and 22 doubles -- at this clip, he's projected to finish with 24 homers (second-most in his career), 113 RBIs (four more than his career-high) and 59 doubles (most by 18). "I feel good right now, you go up and down though," Cuddyer said. "We'll see how it all unfolds." Wednesday night against Oakland, Cuddyer tied career-highs with two home runs, four hits and 11 total bases. He's tied for third in the National League with 32 extra-base hits and is second in doubles.
Rockies TV home, ROOT, nominated for 11 Emmys
DENVER -- The National Television Academy, Heartland Chapter, announced today that ROOT Sports has been nominated for 11 Regional Emmy Awards for the second consecutive year.The regional sports network -- formerly FSN Rocky Mountain -- received nominations in the "Sports - Program Series", "Sports - One-Time Special", and "Sporting Event/Game - Live/Unedited", along with "Magazine Program/Weather Program", "Sports Editor", "Short Form Editor", "Graphics Arts - Program", and "Writer - Program" categories. ROOT, owned and operated by DIRECTV, is the cable home to the Rockies for 2.6 million viewers. The Heartland chapter includes stations from the greater parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. Winners will be announced July 21 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.