Nicasio returns to pitch for Rockies 8 months after breaking neck

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DENVER -- It's an amazing story. Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio returned to pitch Friday for the team for the first time since he fractured his neck in August 2011.

He pitched on the same mound at Coors Field where he was hit by a line drive just eight months earlier.

When he went down, and in the following days, there was no talk of him ever pitching again. Everyone wondered if he would ever walk again.

But he came all the way back, and made his courageous return before a home crowd of 30,000 that gave him a standing ovation.

He gave up six runs in about three innings of work. But his teammates played tough and the Rockies came back to win the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6.

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