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  • 10 Jul
    DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland has the stuff of an ace. He
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    , too.Just don’t expect Colorado manager Bud Black to
    label the left-hander one yet. Not even a dominating performance like this could
    sway him. Freeland threw seven sharp innings and combined with the bullpen on a
    two-hitter to help the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night
    in a game that was interrupted 32 minutes by rain.“I’m a critical judge of an
    ace,” Black said. “For me, an ace is somebody that does it over a long period of
    time. This is no knock on Kyle. I mean, for me, an ace is the guy who’s passed
    the test of time, who’s been an All-Star, maybe conceivably won a Cy Young.“But,
    hey, don’t get me wrong: I love the way Kyle’s pitching. He’s been
    great.”Freeland (10-7) allowed two hits and struck out five. It was his fourth
    career game of seven or more shutout innings at Coors Field.“The one thing is
    not letting the old Coors Field effect come into play for me,” said Freeland,
    who grew up in Denver. “I pitch my game.”Relievers Seunghwan Oh and Wade Davis
    combined to close out the win. Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save
    in 38 chances.It was a positive step for a beleaguered bullpen that endured
    three walk-off losses — two by Davis — during a 2-5 road swing.“Good to see Wade
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    Black said.Joe Musgrove (4-6) retired the first 12 batters he faced before
    allowing a single to Nolan Arenado on the first pitch of the fifth. The
    right-hander scattered four hits over seven innings and allowed two runs, one
    earned.Colorado scored both of its runs off Musgrove in the fifth. Arenado raced
    home with the first when Josh Harrison booted Gerardo Parra’s grounder. Just
    then, the rain picked up intensity and the grounds crew brought out the tarp.“I
    was locked in,” Musgrove said. “I didn’t realize how hard it was raining until I
    walked off the field.”After the delay, Musgrove hit Ian Desmond to load the
    bases and Chris Iannetta followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in another run.
    The damage could’ve been more if not for right fielder Gregory Polanco throwing
    out Parra trying to score from second on David Dahl’s single.“I would’ve rather
    not had it,” Musgrove said of the delay. “The delay kind of caused me to lose my
    rhythm a little bit.”Freeland allowed a single to Corey Dickerson to lead off
    the game and Musgrove’s double in the third. Other than that, Freeland was tough
    to solve against a Pirates team that scored five runs off him in four innings on
    April 18.“Pretty much everything” was working, Freeland said. “Fastball command
    was really good.”TRAINING ROOMRockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (shoulder
    inflammation) will rest a few days before playing catch. “He feels good. We’re
    optimistic there,” Black said. … OF Charlie Blackmon was given a day off.HEAVY
    AIRThe wind picked up intensity and the temperature dropped about 14 degrees,
    making it hard for the baseball to leave the ball park. David Freese hit a deep
    drive to center in the fourth and Starling Marte another in the sixth that got
    held up by the breeze.“They squared a couple up to dead center that I thought
    off the barrel had a chance to go,” Freeland said. “I just think the wind might
    have been swirling up there.”NEW INFIELDERThe Pirates acquired infielder Adeiny
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    all the way around.”UP NEXTThe Rockies will bring RHP Chad Bettis (5-1, 5.10
    ERA) off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Pirates. Bettis hasn’t
    pitched for Colorado since July 1 due to a blister on his middle finger.
    Pittsburgh will throw RHP Jameson Taillon (8-8, 3.74), who’s been charged with
    three runs or less in each of his last 12 starts.Both pitchers dealt with
    testicular cancer a season ago.“Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” Taillon
    said. “Life’s good.” TheMinnesota Twinsconfirmed Monday they signed utility man
    Marwin Gonzalezto a two-year contract.Minnesota Twins TwinsOFFICIAL: #MNTwins
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    the deal is worth$21 millionJon Heyman of MLB Network first broke the news that
    an agreement had been reached.Landing Gonzalez didn't come easy, though. Heyman
    reported in early November that the 29-year-old had a "monster market" and that
    "practically every team" had interest.After spending the first seven seasons of
    his big league career with the Houston Astros, this will be the first time he
    has changed uniforms.Gonzalez enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting
    career highs in average (.303), on-base percentage (.377), home runs (23),
    doubles (34) and RBI (90). That strong performance played a key role in helping
    the Astros win their first World Series title that year.While he wasn't able to
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    he still put up a respectable stat line.Gonzalez hit.247with16home
    runs,25doubles,threetriples and68RBI in145games for Houston in 2018. Not only
    did he produce runs at the plate, but he also provided value with his
    versatility on defense, having played every position except pitcher and catcher.
    He has played shortstop more than any other position, though.Dan Hayesof The
    Athletic reported Thursday that Minnesota had explored athree-year deal for the
    versatile free agent. Ultimately, though, the two sides reached an agreement on
    a shorter contract.Signing Gonzalez gives first-year managerRocco Baldelli
    options to work with. Third basemanMiguel Sano has yet to make it through an
    entire big-league season healthy and even struggled so mightily last year that
    he was demoted to the minorsnd all the way to Single-A. Having Gonzalez
    available to shift over to the hot corner could turn out to be a valuable
    insurance asset.This is just the latest move made by the Twins this offseason in
    an effort to boost their offense. Minnesota previously signed six-time All-Star
    Nelson Cruz to fill their designated-hitter vacancy and 2017 All-Star Jonathan
    Schoop to handle second base.