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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01
--The Rockies finished April with an 8-12 record, a .400 winning percentage, which is their third-lowest April winning percentage in franchise history. Colorado was 6-15 in 2005 and 8-14 in 1993. The Rockies went 2-4-1 in April series, winning their first and last series of the month. This was their third straight losing April and fifth in the past six years. Their overall April record in 17 seasons is 178-209.

--1B Todd Helton (.303) is hitting .300 for the first time this season. He was hitting .172 on April 17 but has since gone 15-for-37. Helton refused to blame his poor start on the Rockies' schedule, which included three off days in the first 11 days of the season or rest days -- he didn't start two of the first six games -- given by manager Clint Hurdle in deference to Helton's back surgery in September. "I didn't play every game in the spring, so that's not a valid excuse," Helton said. "I looked for excuses, trust me. I didn't find any."

--RHP Aaron Cook on Wednesday became the first Rockies starter other than Jason Marquis to earn a victory since April 10. Marquis is 3-1. The rest of the Rockies starters are 3-6.

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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