Morning Links: Rockies News 7/1

With a new month upon us and the Colorado Rockies more than half way through their 2013 regular season schedule, things are still looking up. The team is 41-42, good for second place in the NL West, two games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting Tuesday the Rockies face division opponents for 14 straight games heading into the All-Star break. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies:

Fowler. Image: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

From Troy Renck: Taking the National League West crown is no inside job (Denver Post)

The Rockies’ case to add is twofold: The division, which they’ve never won, is wide open. And they are arguably a few boosts from contending deep into September, which would be a remarkable achievement following last season.

“The question then becomes not why trade, but why not now. As in yesterday?”

From Thomas Harding: Fowler out of lineup, but Weiss optimistic (

Dexter Fowler was not in Sunday afternoon’s starting lineup against the Giants, but manager Walt Weiss spoke with optimism about the condition of the switch-hitting outfielder’s right wrist.

“Fowler hasn’t played since going 0-for-4 Tuesday at Boston. If Fowler is not healed enough to play Tuesday against the Dodgers, it’s likely the Rockies will place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday.”

From Mark Polishuk: Rangers, D’Backs, Giants scouting Rios (

White Sox outfielder Alex Rios is drawing interest from several teams as the trade deadline approaches, and the Rangers, Diamondbacks and Giants are a few of the clubs scouting the veteran, industry sources tell ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine.  Rios heard about the Rangers’ interest first-hand from former teammate and current Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski.”

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