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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2008-06-28
--1B Todd Helton was out of the lineup for the fifth time this season, and second time in eight games. Helton is 10-for-61 in his last 17 games, his average dropping from .295 to .267. Helton said the problem is mental, not physical, but he wasn't sure if he would be back in the lineup Saturday. "I am resting for a reason; I (stink)," he said. "It's all mental. I have to stop thinking about things and focus on seeing the ball and hitting it. Sometimes you get into the season and things are going bad and everything speeds up. You keep looking for answers until you let things slow down."

--LHP Micah Bowie declined his assignment to Class AAA Colorado Springs and will become a free agent. Bowie had been on the disabled list, but instead of being activated to the big-league roster, he was put through waivers and assigned to Colorado Springs. LHPs Cedrick Bowers and Glendon Rusch would seem to be ahead of Bowie as far as candidates for another lefty in the bullpen, which played into his decision. The Rockies could decide to add a lefty for their homestand that opens Monday. The challenge will be creating a roster spot. RHP Ryan Speier is the only reliever who has an option remaining.

--Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who was born in Big Rapids, Mich., and grew up a Detroit sports fan, spent three hours at the Ernie Harwell Exhibit at the Detroit Public Library on Friday, and also met up with Lions coach Rod Marinelli. "From my hotel room I can see Tiger Stadium, formerly Briggs Stadium, when I visited it," Hurdle said. "That summer trip from the farm to the big city was priceless."

--The Rockies are averaging 3.27 runs per nine innings when Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching, the fourth-lowest run support in the NL. Washington has averaged 2.33 runs for John Lannan, Cincinnati 2.82 for Aaron Harang, and San Diego 3.26 runs for Greg Maddux.

--LHP Jeff Francis starts Saturday against Detroit. He failed to get through the fifth inning for only the second time this season in a 4 1/3-inning, seven-run effort at Kansas City on Monday. He allowed two home runs, equaling the total for his four previous starts. Francis is 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 interleague starts.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Homers for RF Brad Hawpe in interleague play in 2007-08 (through June 25). That was tied for tops in the NL with Adam Dunn of Cincinnati and Prince Fielder of Milwaukee.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "For us to be the best club we can be, we need Manny pitching when we have the lead in the back end of the game. We can't keep him up here pitching in the sixth inning or the seventh inning when we're underneath scores." -- Manager Clint Hurdle on RHP Manuel Corpas, the closer at the start of the season, who pitched two innings in three of his five outings June 1-16 but will be used for just one inning and again will be called on to protect leads.

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Added: June 28, 2008

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