De La Rosa helps Rockies to 4-1 win over D-backs
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively into the sixth and the Colorado Rockies beat Arizona 4-1 on Wednesday to take 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks.
Dexter Fowler had two hits in his first start in the cleanup spot and Nolan Arenado added an RBI double as the Rockies caught Arizona in the standings. The Diamondbacks entered the day tied with San Francisco for first in the NL West.
De La Rosa (6-3) kept up his mastery against Arizona at Coors Field, improving to 8-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He struck out five and allowed six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Relievers Edgmer Escalona and Matt Belisle (BEHL'-eye-ul) bottled up Arizona to get the ball to Rex Brothers, who closed the ninth with Rafael Betancourt sidelined by a groin injury.
It was Brothers' first save of the season.
Rockies option Rutledge to Colorado Springs
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies have optioned infielder Josh Rutledge to AAA Colorado Springs, with outfielder Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) potentially coming off the disabled list Friday.
Rutledge opened the season on the Rockies' roster and batted .242 with three doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs in 43 games.
Cuddyer has been sidelined by an inflamed cervical disk.
The 34-year-old Cuddyer was among the league leaders with a .319 batting average to go along with seven home runs and 23 RBIs when he went on the DL.
Broncos' best gather to honor owner Pat Bowlen
DENVER (AP) - All four Denver Broncos who are in the Hall of Fame gathered Wednesday night at a gala in honor of team owner Pat Bowlen's contributions to the community.
With John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Floyd Little and Gary Zimmerman on hand, the 69-year-old Bowlen received the Mizel Institute's 2013 Community Enrichment Award for his philanthropic leadership in Colorado and his nearly three-decade long stewardship of the Broncos.
Bowlen is chairman of the board of Denver Broncos Charities, which has donated more than $25 million to charitable organizations over the last 20 years.
The Broncos have averaged 10 wins a season in Bowlen's 29 years at the helm.
The team's 177 home wins are the most in the NFL during that time and the Broncos' five losing seasons are the fewest in the league over that span.
Broncos have nice problem on their hands
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Prima donna wide receivers are all the rage in today's air-it-out NFL, demanding passes and attention, preening for crowds and cameras.
Not in Denver.
Led by the shy Demaryius Thomas, the soft-spoken Wes Welker and the selfless Eric Decker, the Broncos represent the antithesis of those high maintenance superstars who are always going back to the huddle telling the quarterback they were open on that previous play.
The addition of Welker this offseason gives the Broncos their Three Amigos Version 2.0, a trio that combined for 297 receptions and 29 TD catches last season.
Rather than demanding to be featured, they all say they won't mind catching fewer footballs in 2013.
Peyton Manning might have the best triumvirate of ball-catchers in the NFL, and he definitely has the quietest.
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