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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30
--LHP Greg Smith, acquired from the A's in the November deal for LF Matt Holliday, started and pitched four innings (49 pitches, 33 strikes) in extended spring training Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Smith is recovering from left shoulder fatigue.

--1B Todd Helton, who batted cleanup Wednesday for the first time this season rather than his customary third, hit his first homer at Coors Field since June 10, 2008, against the Giants.

--SS Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 for his first multi-hit game of the season. He returned to the lineup after not starting the previous two games. He did enter Tuesday's game on a double switch in the seventh and went 1-for-2 to end a hitless string of 19 at-bats. Tulowitzki entered Wednesday's game with five hits in his past 41 at-bats with 15 strikeouts, and he is now 10-for-56 (.179) for the season.

--RHP Manuel Corpas has been scored upon in three of his past four games and four of his past six appearances. He has retired just five of the 11 first batters he has faced.

--LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who is 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA, remained winless despite pitching well Tuesday against San Diego (two runs in six innings). In his past three outings, De La Rosa is 0-1 with a 2.50 ERA, walking 10 and striking out 17 in 18 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS: 121 -- At-bats without a home run, including 58 this season, for OF Ryan Spilborghs, who ended that drought with a two-run shot in the third inning April 26. It was Spilborghs' first homer since he hit two on July 4 against the Marlins at Coors Field.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's time for him to just accept it, 'OK, this is what I've been. How do I get back to what I can be?' Take the next step. There's no bad luck involved. These are things he can control and get back in place. He can be very productive out there and very good." -- Manager Clint Hurdle on struggling RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.

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Added: April 30, 2009

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