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66 John Axford RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 4/1/1983 | Birthplace: Simcoe, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: Canisius | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 31/22 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rockies RP John Axford picks up 18th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) John Axford did not have a smooth ninth inning for the Rockies, but he was able to hold on and preserve his team's win over the Braves on Wednesday for his 18th save of the season. 

Axford allowed two hits in the ninth, allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he struck out pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco to end the game. 

It's only Axford's second save of the month and just his third since July 10. 


Rockies new/old closer John Axford earns first save in six weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2015) John Axford just got his closer job back for the Rockies. He took the first step in maintaining it on Thursday.

Axford blanked Washington in the ninth to secure a one-run victory and his 17th save of the season. He allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Harper and a two-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman, but fanned Michael Taylor to end it.

He wound up striking out the side.


Rockies RP John Axford returning to closer role


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday that John Axford has pitched well lately and will return to his closer's role, reports MLB.com.

Axford was removed from the closer's role in late July after failing to convert five saves. He has not allowed a run in four of his last five appearances.


Rockies remove John Axford as closer, going with committee


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rockies have made a change in the back-end of their bullpen. Manager Walt Weiss has removed John Axford from the closer's role, after he record his fifth blown save of the season, and fourth in a row on Thursday.

"I had a conversation with John a little earlier and I told him I was going to get him out of that ninth inning for a little bit and let him catch his breath," Weiss said Friday, per The Denver Post.

Axford, who once saved 46 games in a season, got off to a blazing start in 2015. He had converted each of his first 12 save opportunities and gave up just one earned run over his first 20 appearances.

But he has struggled lately, posting a whopping 12.15 ERA over his past nine outings.

"I'm not so bullheaded as to say that I want to pitch in the ninth inning and that's how it has to be," Axford said. "I have pitched in other innings and I've had success in other innings. A lot of my success has come in the ninth, but that's also where some of the pain comes.

"Stepping away definitely could be beneficial. It's worked before for me. It worked in 2012."

Weiss indicated he will likely go with a closer-by-committee approach, with the likes of Rafael Betancourt, Tommy Kahnle and Justin Miller as potential ninth-inning options. 

"We have a few different options down there, so it will probably come down match-ups and who is available," Weiss said. "So there will be a few different guys throwing at the end."


Rockies RP John Axford gets burned by former club Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Rockies closer John Axford earned his fifth blown save of the season on Thursday, as he allowed the game-winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth in the 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Axford gave up two runs on two hits while recording one out. He walked three batters, including one to force in the winning run. 

Axford has now blown each of his last four save opportunities, and has allowed eight earned runs over his last 3 2/3 innings, spanning five appearances. 


Rockies closer John Axford blows another one Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Walt Weiss had given no indication that he was ready to yank Rockies closer John Axford from that role. But after Monday night, he could certainly be giving it some serious thought.

Axford continued his slide after retiring two batters in the ninth against the host Cubs by allowing a walk-off, two-run jack to Kris Bryant.

The right-hander has been a mess lately. He has given up six runs on six hits in his last 3 1/3 innings with five walks. His ERA has climbed from 2.36 to 3.90 during that stretch.


Manager: Rockies closer John Axford throwing as he has all year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Walt Weiss does not sound like a manager ready to pull the plug on the closer status of Rockies right-hander John Axford.

Axford has yielded five earned runs on seven hits and six walks in his last six appearances. He had been lights-out before his slump and is still 16-for-19 in save opportunities.

"Some of those games where he did give up some runs, he didn't get a lot of breaks," Weiss told MLB.com. "Some groundballs had eyes. When he did walk a guy, it cost him. He's throwing the ball like he has all year."


Faltering Rockies closer John Axford rocked by Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Reeling Rockies closer John Axford took another step back Wednesday. The result was his third defeat of the season.

Axford blew the game in the ninth after his team rallied with a four-run eighth to tie it. Two walks and a single were followed by a two-run hit by Elvis Andrus. After another walk, he was removed from the game.

The right-hander has allowed nine runs on 15 hits over his last nine innings covering 11 appearances. His ERA has skyrocketed to a season-worst 3.18.

It remains to be seen if his job is in jeopardy.


Rockies RP John Axford receives win after blowing save Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) After blowing a one-run lead in the ninth inning, Rockies pitcher John Axford was able to receive a win during Monday's 8-7 win over the Rangers. It was his second blown save this season.

Axford allowed one run to score in the ninth inning when he gave up a double to Adrian Beltre. Axford also walked two batters during the appearance, but he was able to get out of the inning. The Rockies won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on an RBI by Ben Paulsen.


Report: Tigers inquire about Rockies closer John Axford


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) The Tigers are among the teams that have inquired about Rockies closer John Axford, according to Fox Sports.

Axford, who is under team control through 2016, is 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 16 saves in 2015.


Rockies' John Axford closes out Braves for second night in a row


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Rockies closer John Axford recorded his 16th save of the year, as he worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the 5-3 win over the Braves on Friday.

The right-hander has converted each of his last four save opportunities, and owns a 2.36 ERA this season. 


Rockies RP John Axford shuts the door for 15th save Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Rockies closer John Axford nailed down his 15th save of the year, as he closed out the 5-3 win over the Braves on Thursday. Axford struck out two and worked around a two-out fielding error to seal the deal and preserve the victory.

The veteran right-hander is 15-for-16 in save chances this season.


Rockies closer John Axford suffers second loss Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Rockies closer John Axford fell to 1-2 on the season during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels. 

Axford entered the game in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied at 2. He allowed a one-out single and one-out double before loading the bases with an intentional walk.

He struck out Efren Navarro before Johnny Giavotella singled home the go-ahead run with two outs. Axford finished off the inning by getting Kole Calhoun to ground out to second base. 

Wednesday was the third time in his last seven outings that Axford allowed at least one run. He has a 9.53 ERA in his last seven appearances, which includes two losses and one blown save.


Rockies' John Axford picks up 14th save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Rockies closer John Axford saved his 14th game of the year, finishing off Sunday's win over Arizona. 

Axford pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and protecting a two-run lead. 

Axford turned in his third straight scoreless outing. 


Rockies' John Axford returns from inactive list; Justin Miller optioned


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) The Rockies have reinstated reliever John Axford from the Family Medical Emergency list, the team announced on Saturday. Axford had been away from the team since Tuesday.

Right-hander Justin Miller was optioned to Triple-A to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.


Rockies place John Axford on temporary inactive list


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) The Rockies moved pitcher John Axford to the temporary inactive list on Tuesday, according to MLB.com

The Rockies also placed right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman on the disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue. As a result, Colorado recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Miller and left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande. 


Rockies RP John Axford stops rally, records 13th save of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Rockies relief pitcher John Axford stopped the bleeding in the ninth inning of his team's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Axford replaced Boone Logan, who allowed two runs and didn't record an out in the ninth inning, and shut down the Diamondbacks' hope of a rally. Axford threw 25 pitches, allowed a hit and struck out a batter before closing out the game and earning his 13th save of the year.

Axford (1-1) has a 2.42 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 10 walks in 22 1/3 innings this year.


Rockies P John Axford earns 12th save of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Rockies closer John Axford earned his 12th save of the season in Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Axford, facing four batters in the ninth inning, struck three and walked one. He now has an ERA of 0.47 this season.


Rockies' John Axford saves 11th with scoreless ninth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Rockies closer John Axford saved his 11th game of the season, preserving a one-run lead in Tuesday's win over St. Louis. 

Axford allowed one walk in the ninth inning, striking out one. He has converted 12 straight save opportunities dating back to last season. 


John Axford records tenth save for Rockies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Rockies closer John Axford notched his tenth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader. 

Axford allowed a hit and struck out one, to protect a three run lead. He lowered his ERA to 0.60. 


Rockies closer John Axford finding his way in new role


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Rockies closer John Axford has managed to shake off some of the issues from last season and become an effective ninth-inning man, according to MLB.com.

"He can strike guys out -- swing-and-miss stuff," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got velocity that can beat the bat, even when they're hunting the fastball. There's a reason why he's saved a lot of games in this league and led the league in saves not too long ago [with 46 in 2011 with the Brewers]."

Axford took over for LaTroy Hawkins and Adam Ottavino early in the year and is perfect in nine appearances. He has a 0.64 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 14 innings of work this season.

"I was leaving my arm dragging behind, which is an issue I've had in the past, but at least it was easy for me to correct, on the next pitch," Axford said. "In years prior, that lingering may have still been there. I didn't really change my mechanics in the spring, but worked on different things to eliminate the arm staying back there too long."


Rockies closer John Axford closes out Phillies for ninth save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Rockies closer John Axford nailed down his ninth save of the season in the 5-2 win over the Phillies on Saturday. Axford worked around a pair of singles to lead off the inning, as he got the next three hitters out in order to close out the game. 

The veteran right-hander has been stellar, as he is a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities this season.  


Rockies RP John Axford gives up unearned run in Friday's win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Rockies closer John Axford pitched in a non-save situation on Friday, though it was not without a bit of drama. 

Axford, who came in with the Rockies up 4-0, allowed an unearned run to score with one out, thanks to an error by left fielder Brandon Barnes. But Axford was able to get the next two batters out to close out the game.

The unearned run ends a seven-game scoreless streak for Axford, who still holds a very fine 0.69 ERA on the season.


Rockies closer John Axford a perfect 8 for 8 in save chances


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Rockies closer John Axford tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Reds for his eighth save during a 6-4 win.

Axford opened the inning by getting Tucker Barnhart to fly out to right field. He then struck out Brandon Phillips before getting Billy Hamilton to ground out to end the game.

The veteran right-hander has not allowed a run in his last seven innings. He's given up just two runs and three walks in that span. Axford is a perfect 8 for 8 in save opportunities.


Rockies closer John Axford wraps up seventh save on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Rockies closer John Axford worked a nearly perfect inning on Monday in Colorado's 5-4 win over the Reds, earning his seventh save of the season.

Axford worked through the first two hitters with ease, needing just three pitches. After a walk to Todd Frazier, Axford finished things off by getting Jay Bruce to pop out to center field. Axford lowered his ERA to 0.82 in 11 innings of work.