Walt Weiss

Rockies chasing after 1st playoff appearance since 2009

There's nothing like a near no-hitter to lift the spirits of a slumping team heading into the All-Star break.

Denver native and rookie Kyle Freeland came within two outs Sunday of becoming the first Colorado Rockies pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Coors Field. His gem before the four-day break certainly made that scheduled Wyoming fly fishing trip all the more enjoyable for manager Bud Black.

Now, Black and the Rockies are setting their sights on reeling in an even bigger prized catch: the team's first playoff spot since 2009. Despite a recent 5-13 plunge, the Rockies are in prime position, with their best-ever record (52-39) at this point in the season.

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