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Elderly Denver man struck by bullet in possible drive-by shooting

August 15, 2018 - 7:12am

An elderly man was shot while sleeping in his University Park apartment Wednesday morning during a possible drive-by shooting, according to Denver police and media reports.

The man was struck in the arm by a bullet that traveled through a window of his apartment, police said. His injuries are not considered life threatening, said John White, Denver police spokesman.

Unidentified suspects fired at least one gunshot at an apartment building in the 2500 block of West Jewell Avenue at 2:10 a.m., White said.

The victim called police about the shooting himself, he said.

He was not able to give a description of any vehicle used in the shooting.

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“We can’t say for sure that it was a drive-by shooting,” White said.

The victim also didn’t have a description of any suspects, he said.

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Wayne Rooney didn’t come to D.C. United just for a fat paycheck: “I’m here to work”

August 15, 2018 - 6:59am

Before reliving Wayne Rooney’s monumental act from D.C. United’s wondrous victory late Sunday — a feat that sent shared video ricocheting around Europe when the workweek dawned a few hours later — it’s important to step back five days to a steamy afternoon in a rooftop bar on Audi Field’s north end.

The space is empty, except for Rooney, his wife and eldest of four sons dressed in United gear, two team staffers and a couple of reporters. The family is about to go house-hunting, but first, the English superstar agrees to discuss his first five weeks in Washington.

He answers questions about becoming the newly minted captain and adjusting to a new club, new league and new routine. (For the first time in his storied soccer career, for instance, team flights are commercial and hotel quarters come with a roommate.)

The conversation then pivots to an issue that confronts every famous player that has landed in blossoming MLS after their prime years: Are you taking this seriously or just here to collect a fat paycheck and fade into retirement?

“I understand people might get frustrated when they see players coming over maybe a bit later in their career,” he said in a soft voice barely audible over construction outside the new stadium. “But that’s for me to show with performances that I’m not here just to be on holiday. I’m here to work, and I’ll have plenty of time when I finish playing to enjoy myself and have holidays.”

Every player will say such things, but will they back it up? By the weekend, he had. Any lingering doubts about Rooney’s commitment to United’s cause — and, for the time being, his physical capacity to continue performing at a high level — were put to rest in the vanishing moments of an even match with visiting Orlando City the other day.

In a matter of seconds, he both prevented defeat and invited victory.

With legs that skeptics claimed wouldn’t hold up in a physically demanding league, Rooney, 32, chased down an opponent in the open field, making a clinical tackle as Will Johnson was lining up a distant shot toward a vacant net, then regained his footing before launching a cross-field pass that met Luciano Acosta’s cranium for the go-ahead goal deep into stoppage time for a 3-2 triumph.

A four-time MLS Cup champion, United has enjoyed many memorable moments since its birth in 1996. This one, which unfolded at a critical juncture in a losing season, will undoubtedly ascend to near the top of the list.

Over the years, there have been spectacular goals and dramatic finishes, stirring comebacks and playoff theater. But one would be hard-pressed to summon a single sequence featuring so many uncommon elements: a goalkeeper in the attacking end for a team desperate for three points; a striker executing a defensive gem; the same player supplying a long-distance assist; and the shortest player on the field scoring on a header to cap his first MLS hat trick.

Coach Ben Olsen doesn’t review match highlights until the following day. He made an exception for this one.

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“It was one of those nights we will all remember,” Olsen said Tuesday. “There are a lot of (crappy) times in this job, so it’s important to enjoy some of the highs. … Incredible play by Wayne. Selfless play. That is what type of guy he is. He has elevated our group in a lot of ways.”

Rooney first endeared himself to the home supporters July 28 by battling an opponent with a 10-inch height advantage in defending a corner kick — and, in the process, suffering a broken nose and a facial cut that required five stitches. In the subsequent match, dismissing suggestions to wear a mask, he blocked a ball with his face, a blow that drew additional blood.

While upgrading his fitness level after a two-month layoff, he has started four of six matches and recorded a goal and three assists. (Amid three games in eight days, he might not start Wednesday against the Portland Timbers at Audi Field.)

Rooney has forged chemistry with Acosta, the 5-foot-3 playmaker from Argentina, and attackers Yamil Asad and Zoltan Stieber. He has provided leadership on a team with 13 of 27 players, including seven regulars, who are age 25 or younger.

And behind the scenes, he has gone to great lengths to bond with teammates, an outreach that has smoothed the midseason transition for everyone and strengthened team unity ahead of a playoff push.

“You don’t know what to expect when a guy like him arrives, but when he first got here, he went around the locker room and had conversations with everyone,” defender Steve Birnbaum said. “He wants to get to know you. He also demands a lot from people. He’s a winner, and people see he is giving the push we need.”

Before accepting Olsen’s invitation to become captain — a role that was vacant until this summer — Rooney approached Birnbaum, the 2017 leader.

“The first thing I said to Ben was, ‘Let me speak to Steve,’ ” Rooney said during last week’s interview with The Post and Sports Illustrated. “If when I was captain of Manchester United and a new player came in and was made captain after two weeks, I wouldn’t necessarily be too pleased.”

Birnbaum wasn’t the formal captain this year — no one wore the armband — but he was a de facto leader.

“I thought Wayne should be captain,” he said. “His word holds more meaning to people. I want him to lead this team. He was great about it. It was cool for him to come up to me and talk about it.”

Birnbaum calls himself Rooney’s “right-hand man now.”

Olsen described the onetime English national team captain as “not overly vocal or micromanaging every guy, but he gets it. His actions on the field the other night has bumped him up into a different category now with his teammates and the fans.”

Before offering Rooney the largest contract in club history (an estimated $5 million per year guaranteed through at least 2020), United wanted to ensure he would come for the right reasons. With so much money invested, the club did not want to get stuck — as some MLS teams have — with a high-profile player more concerned about economic victories than 90-minute victories.

“We spoke to the people who know him,” Olsen said. “It’s not in his DNA. But guys like him always have to prove themselves because of the pressure of coming here and the name recognition and the money spent on him. But he lives with that. That’s what these guys do; they have something in them that keeps pushing them to succeed.”

Rooney’s acclimation has involved several facets. On the field, he said, he has noticed greater emphasis on athletic ability than tactics.

“The games can be a bit more open,” he said. “When you’re young, all you want to do is go and play and try to score goals, but you obviously can’t do that all game. Once we get the balance right, the team will progress even more. … They’re still trying to learn my game, and I’m still trying to learn the rest of the players.”

There are off-the-field differences, as well.

MLS teams rarely use charters, so Rooney has found himself in busy airport terminals and cramped coach seats. Accustomed to private hotel rooms, Rooney was offered the same arrangement by United; he declined. He’s been rooming with goalkeeper David Ousted.

“It’s important the players see I’m in it with them and, whatever they’re doing, I’ll be doing the same,” he said, adding, “You agree to come here, you need to adapt.”

For the first time in Rooney’s career, his wife Coleen (1.26 million Twitter followers) has been allowed to attend training sessions, he said. Last week, she and the couple’s 8-year-old son, Kai, sat on a bench with reporters and staff members as the team practiced at a shabby facility outside RFK Stadium. (A new venue will open next year in Leesburg, Virginia.)

Part of the reason Rooney chose to sign with United was the lifestyle in Washington — far from the searing soccer spotlight in North West England, where he had spent all of his previous 16 seasons, and calmer than New York or Los Angeles. “They’re way too busy for me, those places,” said Rooney, whose family has lived in rural Cheshire County, England.

He and Coleen are seeking to rent a house in a quiet area of the Washington metro area for a family that includes three other boys ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years. A decision whether to buy property will probably wait.

Rooney, though, speaks as though he is here for the long term — and focused on leaving a legacy at United’s new stadium.

“If I didn’t have that ambition, I wouldn’t be here. You want to come here, and when I finish playing, see pictures up in the locker room and in the stadium. I want to be in those pictures, and then when young guys come through and we say, ‘He was a captain who led us to success and led us to trophies.’ “

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Here are 8 college football freshman who could make impacts in 2018

August 15, 2018 - 6:52am

Freshmen should play a bigger role in college football than ever this season, thanks to a rule change instituted by the NCAA.

The NCAA is allowing players to participate in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season that would enable them to maintain four years of eligibility. That rule change should put more freshmen on the field than ever before.

“It’s a seismic change in our world,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said.

Of course, more and more freshmen have been making an impact on the game well before this rule change. With a growing number of freshmen enrolling in school early and participating in spring practice rather than preparing for their senior proms, newcomers already have been delivering big performances on college football’s biggest stage.

The latest example of that came in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game, when freshman Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench in the second half to rally Alabama to an overtime victory over Georgia.

“I know the freshmen are more ready now than maybe ever before,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Back when I first got into coaching, 95 percent of your freshman class would redshirt. Now it’s probably less than 50 percent.”

A rundown of some true freshmen with the opportunity to make a major impact this fall.

LSU

WRs Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall

LSU doesn’t return any wideouts who had more than 219 yards receiving last season, so the Tigers could use some playmakers in the passing game. Chase and Marshall fit the profile. Chase was LSU’s leading receiver in a scrimmage Saturday and has earned praise from LSU coach Ed Orgeron. “He has big hands,” Orgeron said. “He has 10 ½-inch hands. He can catch the ball well. He’s very strong, fast, runs great routes. Very mature. He just has a natural knack for catching the football.” Marshall was the nation’s No. 3 receiver and No. 13 overall prospect in his class according to a composite ranking of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. Chase also was a top-100 recruit.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

QB JT Daniels and WR Amron St. Brown

These former high school teammates at Santa Ana (California) Mater Dei already are accustomed to connecting for touchdowns. St. Brown was the nation’s No. 2 receiver and No. 11 overall prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. Daniels was ranked second among pro-style quarterbacks and 16th overall. Daniels is competing with sophomore Matt Fink and redshirt freshman Jack Sears for the right to replace New York Jets first-round draft pick Sam Darnold as USC’s starting quarterback. Daniels threw three touchdown passes to St. Brown at a recent scrimmage.

CLEMSON

QB Trevor Lawrence

Lawrence is so promising that he’s forged a legitimate preseason competition with incumbent starter Kelly Bryant, who helped the Tigers win an Atlantic Coast Conference title and reach the College Football Playoff last season. Lawrence was the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in his class according to the 247Sports Composite. He enrolled at Clemson early and was 11 of 16 for 122 yards with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in the Tigers’ spring game. While it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bryant hangs onto his job for the start of the season, Lawrence figures to get a chance at some point this year.

OKLAHOMA

DB Brendan Radley-Hiles

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Oklahoma has played championship-caliber offense the last few seasons but hasn’t had a defense to match. Radley-Hiles could help change that. The Sooners have high hopes for the top-50 recruit and expect him to contribute right away. Big 12 media selected him as the conference’s preseason newcomer of the year.

ALABAMA

CB Patrick Surtain Jr.

Alabama needs immediate help in the secondary after losing its top six defensive backs from last year’s national championship team. That should create an early opportunity for Surtain, rated by the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback and No. 6 overall prospect in his class. Surtain is the son of former Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain, a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

NEBRASKA

RB Maurice Washington

The most valuable player of the 2018 Under Armour High School All-America game has been the talk of Nebraska’s camp. Washington qualified academically just a few days before the start of preseason practice but has performed well enough already that Nebraska coach Scott Frost has said “he’s going to be a pretty special player.” ”He’s definitely opening some eyes,” Frost said. “I think he’s got a bright future here.” Other freshmen to watch for Nebraska include cornerback Cam Taylor and quarterback Adrian Martinez, who is competing with redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia for the starting spot.

EXTRA POINT

Six more true freshmen who could make a major impact this season:

  • Zack Annexstad, QB, Minnesota
  • Keaontay Ingram, RB, Texas
  • Dante Stills, DL, West Virginia
  • Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee
  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
  • Jaiden Woodbey, DB, Florida State
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Masterpiece Cakeshop owner sues Hickenlooper, claiming religious persecution despite Supreme Court ruling

August 15, 2018 - 6:31am

The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop has sued Gov. John Hickenlooper and state civil rights officials, claiming Colorado has renewed its religious persecution by investigating him — in defiance of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision — for refusing to create a cake commemorating gender transition.

Jack Phillips of Lakewood brought the lawsuit late Tuesday night in Denver U.S. District Court against Hickenlooper and members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The June, U.S. Supreme Court decision sided with Phillips, who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his own religious objections to same-sex marriage. But Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in the 7-2 decision, indicated that the decision is not all-encompassing.

“The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market,” he wrote.

Kennedy criticized the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which in 2014 ruled as discriminatory Phillips’ refusal to create a custom wedding cake for fiancés Charlie Craig and David Mullins. The decision came with mandatory penalties.

On June 26, Arvada resident Autumn Scardina, filed a complaint with the CCRC claiming that Masterpiece Cakeshop denied her request for a custom birthday cake — blue on the outside and pink on the inside. The cake as “a reflection of the fact that (she) transitioned from male-to-female and that (she) had come out as a transgender on (her) birthday.

Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs, according to a news release by Alliance Defending Freedom.

In a June 28 decision letter, CCRC Director Aubrey Elenis wrote that there was probable cause to believe Masterpiece Cakeshop violated a Colorado civil rights statute by denying Scardina “equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation.” The letter ordered the bakery and Scardina to attempt an amicable resolution by compulsory mediation.

“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said Kristen Waggoner, legal vice president of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Phillips.

Commission officials could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

“Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him—something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs,” Waggoner said in a Wednesday news release.

ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell said in the same release that Phillips shouldn’t have to fear government hostility when he opens his shop for business each day.

“We’re asking the court to put a stop to that,” Campbell said. “The arbitrary basis on which the state is applying its law makes clear that its officials are targeting Jack because they despise his religious beliefs and practices.”

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More isolated rain and thunderstorms possible in Denver today

August 15, 2018 - 5:31am

A few isolated storms could bring thunderstorms and hail in Denver on Wednesday afternoon, forecasters say.

It will be hot, with high temperatures near 89 degrees. A few storms will build in the afternoon, when there’s a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. Wind gusts could reach 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

High temperatures will be a few degrees hotter than yesterday with the majority of Northeast Colorado staying dry today. #cowx pic.twitter.com/tWDArJDF9R

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) August 15, 2018

The chance for afternoon thunderstorms will continue through the week, with high high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s.

A better chance for rain will come on Saturday afternoon.

High temperatures will drop to the low 80s Sunday through Tuesday.

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Denver Sports Omelette: Why Isaiah McKenzie hesitated so long on his Broncos punt return touchdown

August 15, 2018 - 5:00am

Isaiah McKenzie caught the second-quarter punt against Minnesota on Saturday night, stutter-stepped, went backward, stutter-stepped some more, and then eventually cut up field.

Seconds passed, and 78-yards later, McKenzie found the end zone.

Broncos’ special teams coordinator Tom McMahon looked on from the sideline proud of McKenzie’s athletic achievement — but also for his football smarts. That stop-and-go return style? All by design.

“Yeah, especially when a ball is kicked to the side you’re trying to return it to,” McMahon said. “You have to let those guys get back. If the ball is kicked away, you’ll see a lot of guys go flat right away, so I thought he handled that pretty well in terms of giving us a chance to get back to it.”

McKenzie must display continued and sustained improvement to re-secure his role returning punts for Denver. Fix the mental miscues that haunted his game last season, and it appears the sky is the limit. On to Chicago.

“It was a great return,” McMahon said. “He did a good job of stemming that and letting everybody catch back up. It was a great play for him. It will build confidence for him and he just has to keep growing.”

Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post 

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Morrison neighbors to fight already-approved housing development at ballot box amid land squeeze around Denver

August 15, 2018 - 5:00am

MORRISON — Pushback against new construction in metro Denver is nothing new.

But what’s happening in Morrison — where voters will soon have the opportunity to undo already-approved plans for a 1,350-home community at the doorstep of the historic town — is a sign that robust growth on the Front Range isn’t going to continue unchecked without a fight.

The upcoming ballot measures to derail the Red Rocks Ranch project at the northeast corner of Morrison Road and C-470 come on the heels of a vote last summer by residents in Greenwood Village to scrap a plan to zone a 44-acre area near the Orchard Station light rail stop for a dense, mixed-use project. It also follows a threatened effort in Castle Rock in 2016 to require that annexations larger than 5 acres go to a vote of the people.

Jeff Whiton, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, said resistance to development at the ballot box is “becoming more prevalent” as traffic congestion worsens and land is in increasingly short supply. But he said holding elections on individual projects creates unwelcome uncertainty for the development community.

“Once you go through the deeply complex and expensive process of getting the entitlements for the property, that should be enough,” Whiton said. “Builders and developers are going to take their business outside Colorado if they can’t trust the decisions of city councils or county commissioners.”

But what if the community itself can’t trust their elected leaders’ decisions? That’s what Loren Oswalt said prompted him and some fellow Morrison residents to counter the Red Rocks Ranch proposal at a special election next month, and again at the regular November election.

“It’s overloading the Rooney Valley,” he said, referring to the picturesque stretch of land between Golden and Littleton bisected by C-470. “Right there is our front door — there has to be more reasonable growth.”

Oswalt and his allies are worried that traffic impacts from a neighborhood with nearly 1,400 new homes will overwhelm the secluded town of fewer than 500 residents near Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The initiatives aim to reincorporate the 345-acre property back into Morrison — the town council voted to detach it from the town into Jefferson County in May — and zone it as commercial.

“I think it should be remain in Morrison for control and for the sales tax base,” said Kathy Dichter, a former Morrison mayor who has been at the forefront of the Red Rocks Ranch fight. “I think this is putting authority back in the hands of the people who live in Morrison.”

Oswalt criticized the town council for holding much of the discussion about the project over the last year in executive sessions, which are closed to the public.

Mayor Sean Forey said the public had plenty of chances to comment on Red Rocks Ranch as it went through hearings before Morrison’s planning commission, the Rooney Valley Commission and the town council. He lauded the project, which could include more than 300,000 square feet of office and commercial space, as “the smartest kind of growth.”

RJ Sangosti, The Denver PostTraffic makes its way through town on August 13, 2018 in Morrison, Colorado. Morrison voters will have two elections this fall to dismantle a residential proposal that would build 1,350 homes at Red Rocks Ranch at the doorstep of the iconic and tiny town.

He pointed out that the previous zoning for the parcel before the town council amended it in May would have allowed a denser arrangement of 1,000 homes on 100 acres and commercial buildings up to 125 feet in height.

Andrew Trietley, asset manager for Ventana Capital, which acts as the agent for Red Rocks Ranch’s property owner group, said the blueprint approved by the Morrison Town Council three months ago conforms with Plan Rooney Valley, a long-range planning document jointly issued last year by Morrison and Lakewood.

Under the new zoning, a developer would be required to set aside land for a new Jefferson County school, Trietley said. That would not be the case under the previous zoning. He also disputed the notion that an all-commercial development at Red Rocks Ranch would generate less traffic than a neighborhood with 1,350 homes, citing traffic studies that have showed the opposite.

But Oswalt said those behind the ballot initiatives don’t want just any commercial development across C-470, but something of top quality, like the new headquarters VF Corporation, parent company of The North Face, JanSport and Smartwool, said Monday it would be bringing to a yet-to-be-announced location in Denver.

“We want commercial that matches our downtown area,” he said.

But the idea that direct democracy is the best way to make land use decisions gives Brad Evans, a resident of Lakewood’s Solterra neighborhood, pause. The commercial real estate veteran, who lives a stone’s throw from where Red Rocks Ranch would sprout, said cities and towns hire experts to make complex decisions.

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“Having trained land use professionals, along with input from the people, is the way to go,” Evans said. “Wouldn’t you rather have land planning done by professionals rather than amateurs?”

Even in Boulder, a city that has no shortage of heated disputes over development, voters concluded that too much democracy isn’t always the wisest approach. During the 2015 election, voters there resoundingly defeated a measure that would have allowed neighborhoods to vote on rules governing density, height, building size, occupancy and parking.

But Dichter, Morrison’s former mayor, said the effort around Red Rocks Ranch could inspire other communities to speak out on development plans that they believe are incompatible in a metro area that is increasingly getting squeezed on all sides.

“It could definitely became a model and allow the people to have a voice in this,” she said. “Don’t sit quietly — ask questions.”

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Ask Amy: Baby’s uncertain parentage affects relationships

August 15, 2018 - 3:30am

Dear Amy: My brother’s girlfriend is four months pregnant. She told him that it might be his or one other man’s baby. There’s no way to tell who the father is, until after the baby is born.

What do I tell my 9-year-old daughter? I don’t want my daughter to get excited about a new cousin, and then have to let her down.

If it’s my brother’s baby, I’d love to throw his girlfriend a baby shower and come to the hospital after the baby is born to see the baby. If it’s not my brother’s baby, I’m guessing that my brother and his girlfriend will break up, but I don’t know that for sure. I don’t have a very strong relationship with his girlfriend, but I want to be in this baby’s life if it’s my niece or nephew and I know that this will depend on the girlfriend’s willingness to allow this.

Please help me navigate this. It’s not exactly something covered in etiquette books.

— Maybe Auntie

Dear Maybe: This is a tough situation, to be sure. But what would happen if you just decided to love everyone anyway, regardless of the outcome?

You should be a supportive and positive presence to everyone involved. You are already a parent, and so you have a lot to offer. Talk to your brother about what involvement he would prefer, but — you should offer to welcome this baby into the world regardless of its DNA. Host a shower, pass along your favorite parenting advice books and let your own child get excited about a new family member. Depending on what happens after the child’s birth, you should roll with it — or be willing to roll with it, based on the parents’ comfort, and depending on what they want.

The thing about babies is that they arrive, regardless of the complications in their parents’ or other adults’ lives. It is better for this baby to arrive into an open-hearted and loving family, versus one that is waiting on testing to determine whether they will love it. And so be brave enough to go ahead and love this baby, knowing that you may at some point lose access to the child. If this couple ultimately parts company, you can explain things to your daughter, holding no regrets over your own actions.

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Dear Amy: If a romantic relationship is emotionally draining, is this a sign of toxicity?

Or are all romantic relationships like this, to an extent?

My girlfriend and I have been together exclusively for four years, but she is my first girlfriend so I don’t have much to compare our relationship to.

Everyone says that “relationships are hard work,” but should I feel like it’s an emotional roller-coaster?

— Drained and Wondering

Dear Drained: Here are some life-events that can be emotionally draining on a day-to-day basis: Raising an autistic child, losing a loved-one to dementia or caring for someone at the end of life.

Being in a romantic relationship should NOT be emotionally draining.

Yes, staying in an exclusive relationship can be hard work, certainly if you are currently experiencing other events or stressors that deplete you. But the relationship itself should not send you on a daily roller-coaster ride.

The romantic relationship should feed you. The relationship should be your soft place, your refuge and that safe and comforting thing that helps to fulfill you during those times when the world seems particularly crushing.

Even healthy and well-balanced relationships hit snags. But some people seem to enjoy relationship drama. For someone who likes drama, life might feel more vital when they are riding the relationship roller-coaster. Others don’t seem to know how to act in a way that is generous and loving toward their partner.

I suspect that if you ever left this relationship and subsequently found yourself with someone who was a better fit for your temperament, you would feel like that roller coaster you’d been riding had finally leveled out. You would feel like you were coming home.

Dear Amy: “Desperate” wondered what to do about the 10-year-old stepson she “couldn’t bear” to be around.

My heart broke. I was once that confused and disruptive stepchild forced into a family with a stepparent who didn’t like me. It was awful. I’m still trying to recover.

Thank you for telling this woman that the child deserves better. I did, too.

— Healing

Dear Healing: I’m so sorry you were robbed of a healthy childhood. Yes, you deserved better — every child does.

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Castillo, Jackson score 2nd-half goals, Rapids tie Galaxy

August 14, 2018 - 10:11pm

CARSON, Calif. — Edgar Castillo and Niki Jackson scored eight minutes apart in the second half, and the Colorado Rapids tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 on Tuesday night.

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Castillo tied it at 1 for Colorado (6-12-6) in the 74th minute after sending a loose ball in from distance. Jackson knotted it at 2 in the 82th with a deflected shot over the head of David Bingham.

Ashley Cole scored his first goal of the season for Los Angeles (10-8-7). He got a friendly bounce at the edge of the area, split two defenders to get to the corner of the 6-yard box and sent it past Tim Howard in the 59th minute. Sebastian Lletget scored in his second straight game to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the 78th by bending a shot around Howard.

It was the second meeting in the last 10 days, with Colorado winning 2-1 at home.

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Nolan Arenado hates being a DH, but still hits key home run in Rockies’ win over Astros

August 14, 2018 - 9:59pm

HOUSTON — It was just Nolan being Nolan, without the Gold Glove.

Thrust into the role of designated hitter for the first time in his career, Rockies’ all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado delivered a key, two-run home run in the sixth inning of a 5-1 victory over the Astros Tuesday night. It came against ace Justin Verlander and put Colorado ahead to stay.

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So Arenado must like being a DH, right? Wrong.

“I didn’t like it at all,” said Arenado, who missed his third consecutive game at third base because of a sore right shoulder. “It’s a little nerve-racking. I was kind of nervous, just watching the game, not really being a part of it.

“You just get nervous for the guys and you just want to win. I feel like I want to do something else to help out. I didn’t like it. I hope I don’t have to DH (again). If I do, hopefully it will be later in my career.”

Here are some other notes from the Rockies-Astros game:

  • Arenado (four times) joined Todd Helton (six), Vinny Castilla (six), Larry Walker (four) and Andres Galarraga (four) as the only Rockies to reach 30 home runs in four or more seasons.
  • Arenado (four) also joined Helton (six), Castilla (five) and Galarraga (four) as the only Rockies to hit 30 or more home runs four consecutive years.
  • Right-hander German Márquez has a 2.91 ERA his past eight starts, with seven quality starts.
  • Rockies starting pitchers have allowed seven hits against the Astros in three games this season.
  • Colorado improved to 12-5 in interleague play, setting a franchise record for interleague wins in a season.
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Man accused of driving drunk through Longmont accident scene

August 14, 2018 - 9:56pm

A Mead man is facing multiple charges after police say he drove through the scene of an accident in Longmont while under the influence, endangering emergency responders.

Boulder County Sheriff's OfficeEdgar Esteban Martinez

Edgar Esteban Martinez, 26, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of a number of misdemeanor and traffic charges, including driving under the influence, eluding a police officer in a reckless manner, having an open alcoholic beverage in the car, reckless endangerment, driving on the wrong side of a controlled-access highway, possession of drug paraphernalia, impeding the normal flow of traffic, reckless driving, operating a vehicle without a required interlock device, walking on a highway under the influence, throwing a glass bottle on a highway, and disregarding lawful orders, as well as a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence.

According to an arrest affidavit, Martinez drove a black Ford truck on the wrong side of a divided highway Saturday around 9:30 p.m. to get around safety barricades prohibiting traffic from entering an accident scene.

Longmont Officer Shawn Carey, who was at the scene at East Ken Pratt Boulevard and County Line Road, illuminated the truck with a light and yelled at Martinez to stop, which he did for a moment.

According to the affidavit, Carey saw the driver’s eyes were glassy and watery and smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the car and the driver. When Carey asked the driver to pull over, he instead drove further into the accident scene, the affidavit says.

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Wildlife officials trying to capture mountain lions following repeated sightings in Boulder

August 14, 2018 - 9:28pm

Wildlife officials are trying to track down one or more mountain lions that have recently been spotted in Boulder, including one that broke into a home last week.

Boulder Police DepartmentA mountain lion in a home in the 400 block of Marine Street Thursday night.

On Aug. 9, a mountain lion got into a house in the 400 block of Marine Street and was trapped inside the home for more than an hour. It was eventually scared out the front door by police and wildlife officers, but not before it had killed a house cat inside.

But even before that incident, wildlife officers had been getting reports of other cougar sightings within city limits.

Kristin Cannon, a Colorado Parks & Wildlife district wildlife manager, said that this weekend there were lion sightings at Edgewood Drive and Folsom Street and on Spruce Street near Settler’s Park.

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“Even before the one in the house we’ve been having some lion activity all over town,” Cannon said. “Based on the reports, it is probably two different lions.”

Read the full story at coloradodaily.com.

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Boulder voters will revisit city’s soda tax this November

August 14, 2018 - 8:38pm

Boulder voters in November will get the chance to decide for themselves if the city’s tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is helping more than it hurts. City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place on the ballot a measure that, if passed, would allow the city to keep extra revenue raised by the tax, citing its positive impacts in the community.

“When you’re trying to modify behavior, you do two things,” said councilmember Sam Weaver: tax the behavior you don’t want and use the money to encourage behavior you do. The soda tax is a “shining example” of that principle at work, he said.

A majority of voters (54.7 percent) approved the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2016. Since then, more than $3.2 million has been given to groups working on health and nutrition for Boulder’s low-income residents and those with chronic diseases and illnesses often linked to sugar consumption.

Proponents of the tax enumerated the good work being done by the funds, including paying for fruits and veggies for moms and moms-to-be. More than 735 families have received vouchers for Boulder’s farmers market, said Rachel Arndt of Boulder County’s public health department.

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“These programs are so, so important,” Arndt said. “This measure is helping people.”

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German Marquez tosses a gem in Rockies’ win over Astros 

August 14, 2018 - 8:33pm

HOUSTON — The Rockies want to be contenders. They want to be somebody. They want to win the National League West.

The way they’ve been playing lately, all of those things are possible.

After winning three of four against the Dodgers at Coors Field, the Rockies swaggered into Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night and beat ace Justin Verlander and the defending World Series champion Astros, 5-1.

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The Rockies decked the Astros with a combination of punches, but none bigger than the seven innings of one-run, three-hit pitching by right-hander German Marquez.

“Any time you pitch against a guy like Verlander, you have to be on your game,” said manager Bud Black, who notched the 800th victory of his managerial career. “Tonight, on the road, against a guy like Verlander? Against the world champions? To pitch like this? Really good stuff. I’m really proud of German.”

The Rockies (64-55) remained one game behind Arizona (66-55) in the NL West. The Diamondbacks beat Texas 6-4 Tuesday night.

Colorado got two huge home runs. One came off the bat of MVP candidate Nolan Arenado, who reached 30 home runs for the fourth time in his career, the another from Trevor Story, who smacked his 25th and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Since June 28, the Rockies own a 26-13 record, the best mark in the National League. Each of the 39 games over that span has been against a team with at least a .500 record.

The Astros, meanwhile, playing without 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, lost their fifth consecutive game overall and their ninth straight at home.

Marquez was in command for the first four innings, allowing no hits. He did walk two and plunked Yuli Gurriel to open the second, but double plays ended both the second and third innings. On a night when his curve and changeup weren’t behaving quite right, he relied on his fastball and slider.

The Astros finally cracked through in the fifth on Gurriel’s leadoff triple to right-center,  followed by Josh Reddick’s RBI single to right. Marquez, to his credit, hung tough, striking out Evan Gattis and Martin Maldonado to minimize the damage.

Marquez worked out of another critical jam in the seventh. Marwin Gonzalez led off with a double off the left-field wall, and Josh Reddick was awarded first base after striking out because home plate umpire Fieldin Culbrith called Wolters for catcher interference.

After Black made a mound visit, Marquez calmly got Evan Gattis to pop out to shallow center and induced Kyle Tucker to ground out to near the mound, where Marquez made an athletic play to field the ball.

“The biggest thing was (that) Buddy came out and told me to turn the page,”  Marquez said. “He said, ‘There’s nothing you can do about it. Just stay in the moment and execute.’ ”

Marquez, who improved to 10-9, has not lost a road game since June 14 at Philadelphia. Since that time, he’s 3-0 over five road starts with a 2.73 ERA.

Verlander, one of last fall’s World Series heroes, dominated the Rockies through 5⅔ innings, yielding three harmless hits and striking out 10. But then came a looping, two-out single to center by Carlos Gonzalez, setting the stage for Arenado’s heroics.

In his second at-bat against Verlander, Arenado had driven the ball deep to right, he but didn’t quite get enough of it. He didn’t miss the next time around, driving Verlander’s 0-1, 96.8 mph fastball just over the right-field wall. It was almost a wrist shot by Arenado, but the opposite-field shot had enough on it to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

“Verlander was throwing nasty stuff,” said Arenado, who was a designated hitter for the first time in his career because a sore right shoulder kept him from playing third base. “He was generating the power. I just tried to stay on top of the ball. I’m not really good going the opposite way, but I got enough of it.”

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Verlander was hunting for the 200th win of his career, something only two other active pitchers — Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244) — have achieved. He finished the night with 11 strikeouts over his six innings, but the Rockies made him work, as evidenced by his 107 pitches.

“I thought that our guys knew,  from pitch one, that they were in for a test,” Black said. “We knew he was going to throw a lot of strikes, which he did. But I thought that we didn’t  really expand the zone. We made it hard on him. He didn’t have many quick innings.”

Colorado extended it’s lead to 3-1 in the seventh off reliever Collin McHugh. The right-hander hit leadoff hitter Ryan McMahon, who scored from first on light-hitting catcher Tony Wolters‘ double to the right-field corner.

Story’s two-out solo home run in the eighth put the Rockies ahead 4-1, and a triple by Ian Desmond, followed by a bloop single by Charlie Blackmon accounted for the final run.

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Boulder firm Array BioPharma posts $147M loss as cancer drug combo launches

August 14, 2018 - 8:27pm

Boulder pharmaceutical firm Array BioPharma, Inc. posted losses of more than $147.3 million for the full 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30. That loss is up from $116.8 million in 2017.

The company’s financial results were announced Tuesday, less than two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the combination of Array drugs Braftovi and Mektovi for the treatment of a type of skin cancer called BRAF-mutant melanoma. The combination hit the market in early July.

Array’s losses for the fiscal year were largely driven by research and development costs associated with commercializing Braftovi and Mektovi, company executives said on a conference call with investors Tuesday.

“As we’re only six weeks into launch, it is too early to share specific sales estimates or prescription trends, but we are excited to report that early demand for melanoma prescribers for our combination has been strong,” Array CEO Ron Squarer said.

The company, which this week named a new chairman for its board of directors, also has a colorectal cancer drug combination in the development pipeline.

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Boulder just fine with being black bear country, survey says

August 14, 2018 - 8:07pm
Paul Aiken, Daily CameraA former University of Colorado student’s online survey indicates Boulder residents are quite tolerant, supportive of and place a high value on black bears in the area. This bear was sighted in a tree in north Boulder in June.

A former University of Colorado student’s online survey indicates Boulder residents are quite tolerant, supportive of and place a high value on black bears in the area.

Melanie Lynn Hill earlier this year conducted the survey — bearsandpeople.com — as part of her master’s thesis on human-bear conflicts in the area. She has since defended the thesis and has graduated. Hill now works at the WILD Foundation in Boulder, she stated in an email.

Hill said she ended up with 368 overall responses, but answering questions was an optional part of the survey. Hill asked respondents if they were a member of any wildlife organization, be it government or nonprofit, as a way to measure bias. About a quarter of respondents said yes.

She said two-thirds of respondents completely disagreed with the statement “black bears may be dangerous, and I don’t want to have this potentially dangerous species in the Boulder area.”

“I asked if survey respondents had ever had a negative interaction with a black bear before, and 93 percent answered ‘no,'” she said. “This could correlate with the fact that residents have a high tolerance of black bears or they’re saying that to protect the bears or they just don’t see interactions like bears getting into trash as negative.”

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Group of “highly intoxicated” homeless men keep breaking into Telluride water treatment facility

August 14, 2018 - 7:51pm

It supplies the town of Telluride with drinking water, but the sheriff’s office says a group of homeless men, most of whom deputies say are often highly intoxicated, are using it as their personal swimming hole.

The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet Tuesday that the Mill Creek water treatment facility has been targeted by the group of homeless campers seeking to take a dip in the facility’s pond on several occasions.

The sheriff’s office said although the water is treated before it reaches the public, the reoccurrence of the trespassing events into the fenced-off pond is of “great concern.”

Deputies are investigating a group of homeless men who are allegedly trespassing into the Mill Creek water treatment facility and swimming in the pond that feeds Telluride’s water supply. Although the water is treated before it reaches the public, there is a reason there's a pic.twitter.com/qKuL23uTJ5

— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) August 14, 2018

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The group is believed to be camping in the Mill Creek area and is “well known to law enforcement,” the tweet said.

Read more at theenverchannel.com.

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Hail damage is getting worse, but what role climate change plays in that is uncertain, experts say

August 14, 2018 - 7:31pm

BOULDER — Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather experts said Tuesday.

The role of climate change in hailstorms is harder to assess, the experts said at a conference at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Climate change will likely make large hailstorms worse, but population growth is more of a certainty, said Andreas Prein, a climate modeling scientist at the atmospheric research center.

“We know pretty certain that we will have more people in the future, and they will have more stuff, and this stuff can be damaged,” Prein said. “I think this component is more certain than what we can say about climate change at the moment.”

This year is expected to be the 11th in a row in which the damage from severe storms exceeds $10 billion in the United States, and 70 percent of that cost comes from hail, said Ian Giammanco, a research meteorologist for the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

“It’s such a huge driver of the dollar loss each year,” he said.

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    The back window of a car is broken in the Broadmoor area of Colorado Springs, Colo., after a hailstorm with stones the size of baseballs hit the area Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

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    Hail the size of baseballs lie on the ground near The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a storm hit parts of El Paso County, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

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    The Broadmoor Hotel employee Carlton Burton shovels leaves and hail after a storm Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, damaged trees, vehicles and buildings in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area.

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    Some staffers at the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame had their windows shattered during a hail storm Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ingrid Benson goes back to get her belongings from her car after the storm.

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Costs are rising in the U.S. because homes are getting bigger, from about 1,700 square feet (139 square meters) in the early 1980s to 2,500 square feet (232 square meters) in 2015, he said. New subdivisions also pack homes in more tightly, Giammanco said.

“So it’s a bigger target for hailstorms to hit,” he said.

The effects of climate change on hail and the resulting damage are harder to calculate because hailstorms require distinct ingredients, and global warming affects them in different ways, Prein said.

To form, hailstorms require moisture, an updraft, variable winds and freezing temperatures at lower levels of the storm cloud, he said.

Updrafts lift water droplets into the clouds, where they attract other droplets and freeze together, scientists say. Winds of varying speed and direction keep the droplets suspended in the cloud long enough to grow into hailstones. When they eventually fall, freezing temperatures in the cloud keep them from melting before they hit warmer air closer to the ground.

PHOTOS: Softball-sized hail pounds El Paso County

Climate change will likely increase updrafts, helping hailstones form, Prein said.

But it will inhibit two hail-producing conditions, he said. Warmer temperatures will expand higher into the atmosphere, so falling hailstones have more time to melt before hitting the ground. And differences in wind speed and direction will subside, he said.

Climate change will make the atmosphere more moist, but the effect that will have on hailstones isn’t clear, he said.

Kristen Rasmussen, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, said the combined effects of climate change will probably inhibit the number of weaker storms but increase the number of severe ones.

“So we actually think that’s why we’re seeing a decrease in the number of weak to moderate storms and an increase in the most severe storms,” she said. “If those storms are able to break through this inhibition, they … have the potential to be more severe, and they can tap into more energy when they do so.”

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The researchers said they need more data to understand the relationship between climate change and hailstorms. Improved science could also help predict hailstorms and calculate risks better, they said.

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the Andes in South America and the Himalayas all have conditions that make them hotspots for hail, Rasmussen said.

A May 2017 hailstorm in the Denver area caused $2.3 billion in insurance losses. Last week, hail injured 14 people in Colorado Springs and killed at least five animals at the city zoo. Damage estimates were still being compiled.

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Vermont’s Christine Hallquist becomes first transgender candidate to win major party’s nomination for governor

August 14, 2018 - 7:23pm

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party’s primary to seek a second term and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern. He will face Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic primary to run for the state’s highest office in November, when she would become the nation’s first transgender governor if elected.

Hallquist has said she doesn’t want Vermont residents to elect her governor because of her transgender status. Rather, she has said, she wants her candidacy to rise or fall on her plans to help state residents get higher-paying jobs, provide health care for their families and better educate their children.

She said she plans to appeal to voters with a progressive message that includes a livable wage, Medicare for all, free public college education and high-speed broadband access even to those who live on remote back roads.

Outside Vermont, though, she said she’s happy to carry the standard as the candidate who, if elected, would be the nation’s first transgender governor.

Scott, first elected in 2016, was facing a rebellion from his base due to his support for a series of gun restrictions that, while mild by national standards, angered many members of Vermont’s avid hunting community. The restrictions, which Scott signed into law in April, came after the arrest of a teenager on charges he was plotting a school shooting.

Those measures included raising the age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, restricting the size of gun magazines and requiring background checks for most private gun sales.

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Scott will seek re-election in November by continuing his pledge to make the state more affordable, not raise taxes or fees, foster a better environment for businesses and attract newcomers to the state.

Hallquist defeated environmental activist James Ehlers; dance festival organizer Brenda Siegel; and 14-year-old student Ethan Sonneborn, on the ballot because a quirk in state law doesn’t require candidates to be of voting age. Democratic state Sen. John Rodgers, from Vermont’s remote and conservative Northeast Kingdom, failed in his bid for a grassroots write-in campaign, largely motivated by his displeasure with firearms restrictions.

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Nolan Arenado, Rockies’ MVP candidate, should take all the time he needs to get shoulder healthy

August 14, 2018 - 6:21pm

HOUSTON — In case you haven’t noticed, Nolan Arenado has a hard time sitting still.

The Rockies’ perennial Gold Glove third baseman is a man of action. When he’s not in the batting cage or taking imaginary swings, he’s perfecting his footwork around the bag and conjuring up his next highlight play in his head.

But Tuesday night against the Astros, Arenado was designated to hit but not cleared to field. His sore right shoulder kept him from manning third base for the third consecutive game. There is a good chance he will be the designated hitter again Wednesday. He thinks he’ll be ready to play third base Thursday when the Rockies begin at four-game series at Atlanta.

There are, however, no guarantees. He played catch from 60 feet Tuesday to get his shoulder loose.

“It felt OK, not bad,” Arenado said. “I think it’s best to rest it today, and then we’ll see tomorrow.”

Think of Arenado’s shoulder injury as a tweak, not a chronic problem. And he’s certainly not going to let shoulder pain affect how he plays third base.

“I throw on the run, I do a bunch of different throws, so I’m going to continue to do that,” he said. “I can’t change who I am. But when the ball is hit on a routine play, I’m going to try to be a little bit more cautious now.”

It’s not easy for manager Bud Black to do without Arenado.

“It’s hard not writing his name in the lineup,” Black said. “It becomes pretty consistent to be able to do that, so to not do it the last couple of days was a little bit different. But today, we were able to do it (as a DH). We’ll see about tomorrow. Hopefully we can get him in the field.”

But I believe it would behoove the Rockies to be extra cautious this week. If Arenado’s not ready by Thursday — or Friday or Saturday — the Rockies should sit him and limit him to pinch-hit duties.

Yes, I know he’s in the thick of the National League MVP race with 29 home runs, a .306 batting average and a .973 OPS. And yes, I know how valuable he is at third base. But the Rockies have a chance to win the National League West for the first time in their history, so if playing it safe now means he’ll be 100 percent for the final six weeks of the season, by all means, play it safe.

Senzatela progresses. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela pitched a simulated game Tuesday afternoon and came out of it in fine shape, experiencing no problems with his shoulder.

“He threw the ball fine,” Black said. “No pain, no discomfort. Threw very well, we thought. So that’s a great sign, to be able to project him back on our roster at some point here. Very positive results from today with Antonio.”

When Senzatela is ready to rejoin the club, the Rockies will have a decision to make. Will he join the starting rotation, bumping right-hander Chad Bettis to the bullpen? Or will it be Senzatela who goes to the bullpen? Stay tuned.

Senzatela was placed on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 5 with right shoulder inflammation and has missed nine games.

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It’s a girl. Reliever Scott Oberg missed Tuesday’s game — for a very good reason. Oberg’s wife, Diana, gave birth to the couple’s first child Monday. Charlotte Rose was born at 3:45 p.m. MDT on Monday.

With Oberg on paternity leave, the Rockies made a roster move, recalling infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oberg is 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA this season and has emerged as an increasingly important part of the bullpen since returning from a back strain June 27.

Looking ahead

Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (6-4, 3.94 ERA) at Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (10-4, 2.61), 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, ATTRM; 850 AM

Anderson’s most recent start was encouraging. The left-hander allowed just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers last Thursday. It was a strong rebound performance for Anderson, who gave up seven runs (including three home runs) in four innings at Milwaukee on Aug. 4. Anderson will face Houston for the second time this season. On July 24 at Coors Field, he allowed two runs (on earned) on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 7⅓ innings as Colorado fell 8-2. Cole is coming off a so-so performance in his last start, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over 7⅓ innings in a loss to Seattle. It was Cole’s third consecutive loss, but the mini-slump can be blamed on a lack of support. Over his last three outings, spanning 18 innings, Cole was backed up by a total of four runs. Cole mastered the Rockies at Coors Field in that 8-2 Astros victory, allowing two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts across 6⅓ innings

Thursday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.81 ERA) at Braves RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.37), 5:30 p.m., ATTRM

Friday: Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.02) at Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.40), 5:35 p.m., ATTRM

Saturday: Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (5-2, 5.42) at Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.86), 5:10 p.m., ATTRM

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