A big return and some long-coming declines shake up the bullpen rankings this week.

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Franklin Morales didn’t try to paint corners or make perfect pitches. Morales was masterful on the mound as he outdueled Madison Bumgarner, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

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Every kid who goes to an MLB game has that moment where he or she hopes to grab a foul ball. Heck, even adults do. When fans get their hands on a ball, the reactions usually range from jumping around to high-fives and fist pumps.
This kid at  Monday’s San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies game , however, was so dumbfounded by actually having an MLB ball in his hand that he couldn’t do anything but stare at it. He sat there in awe for a solid 15 seconds at least.
Good stuff, young man. May every fan be as awestruck by the game as you. Credit, also, to the adult fan in front of the kid who appears to have given him the ball. May every fan be as generous as you. 
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One of the few positives for the Houston Astros has been the solid pitching of Scott Feldman, though they won’t even have that to lean for at least the next couple weeks. Feldman will miss some time after being placed on the 15-day disabled list, leaving Collin McHugh to make his Astros debut Tuesday night as Houston looks to deal the host Seattle Mariners an eighth straight loss. The veteran right-hander was scheduled to start this contest, but the Astros (6-14) placed him on the DL on Monday with biceps tendinitis.

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DETROIT — He may have thrown 26 pitches on Sunday but that wont keep Andre Rienzo from a potential start on Wednesday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Rienzo is still the leading candidate to assume Felipe Paulinos spot in the starting rotation when it comes up on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. Of course, Rienzo starting Wednesday hinges upon how much Ventura has to rely on his bullpen the next two games. With John Danks and Chris Sale on the mound against the Tigers on Monday and Tuesday it seems unlikely Ventura would need heavy work from his relievers.

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DENVER Jimmy Rollins was sitting in his hotel room watching highlights from around baseball after Saturday nights loss when he kept seeing the ugly truth roll across the bottom of his television screen. The Phillies have gone four games without an extra-base hit. I watched it come across the ticker like four times, Rollins said. Two more in the launching pad that is Coors Field.

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The Rally Squirrel is back!
Well, maybe it’s not THAT Rally Squirrel, but his Colorado cousin — call him Rocky J? — did the family legacy proud on Saturday night when he took over Coors Field during the third and fourth innings of the Rockies 3-1 victory over the Phillies .
Ah, yes, the Philadelphia Phillies. They just can’t escape those pesky four-legged creatures. If you recall, they were the St. Louis Cardinals opponents during the 2011 NLDS when the original Rally Squirrel made his debut at Busch Stadium. And, yes, they lost the series, blowing a two games to one lead by dropping Game 4 in St. Louis and Game 5 in Philadelphia.
It’s no wonder none of the Phillies seemed excited to see him, even the ones who weren’t on that Phillies team.
Squirrel on field. “Umm. Breakfast,” says Papelbon — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) April 20, 2014
Papelbon wasn’t actually quoted as saying that, but does anybody doubt that ran through his mind?
Squirrel! pic.twitter.com/buONXfGVrD — MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) April 20, 2014
It appears the squirrel gained entry into the stadium through an opening in right field. His first few minutes were spent roaming that area, possibly chirping at right fielder Marlon Byrd, but he soon became more adventurous and made his way towards the infield, forcing multiple stoppages in play. 
A killer squirrel? pic.twitter.com/9OL53dSSBO — Ed Scott (@RoxProgressive) April 20, 2014
To the Phillies, maybe. The squirrel did his best to divide their attention during his brief stay.
Perhaps the Rockies should just go ahead and adopt him much the same way the Milwaukee Brewers have adopted Hank the Dog. Anytime would be a good time to replace Dinger, the purple dinosaur who parades around as Colorado’s mascot and distracts opposing pitchers from his perch behind home plate. The squirrel had the final part down pat, creating havoc and causing his biggest distractions only when Philadelphia was on the field.
In fact, it’s probably no coincidence that his final jaunt around the field occurred just moments before Justin Morneau’s two-run fourth inning homer. He already knows his role.
Whatever the case, the squirrel was definitely the star of the show on Saturday night. When the Coors Field grounds crew lured him through the center field gate, the disappointment was audible. He still had plenty of energy, and the fans still desired to see more, but that will have to wait for another day if he can find his way back again.
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But even baseballs most notorious hitters park hasnt been able to help the anemic Phillies find their stroke. The Phils lost their second straight game in the home park of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Kyle Kendrick kept his club in the game, but the Phillies bat rack offered him no support in a 3-1 loss (see Instant Replay). The loss was the Phillies fourth in the last five games as they slipped into the basement of the National League East at 7-10.

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DENVER — Colorado Rockies cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki used his patience first and then his power to help the Rockies wallop the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1 on Friday. Tulowitzki singled home a run in the sixth. The at-bat was the longest of Tulowitzki’s career. “You just keep on fouling away pitches and you try to get one you like,” Tulowitzki said.

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Tim Hudson will turn 39 years old in July and was coming off a major injury when the San Francisco Giants took a chance and signed him to a multiyear contract in the offseason. Hudson takes the mound as the visiting Giants look to get their offense back on track Saturday night against the San Diego Padres. After his 2013 season ended in July with a fractured right ankle suffered while pitching for Atlanta, Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with a San Francisco team looking to improve a pitching staff that finished near the bottom of the NL in ERA. He gave up four runs over 7 1-3 on Sunday before Brandon Crawford’s 10th-inning homer gave the Giants a 5-4 win over Colorado.

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