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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2000
PHILADELPHIA - It must be heady stuff to be compared to the greatest hitter of all time, but Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton isn't ready to embrace the concept. It's not that he fails to see the connection. He just doesn't think his name and Ted Williams belong in the same sentence. Such is life when you're in just your third full major-league season and your batting average is threatening to start with a four. Helton, the one-time University of Tennessee starting quarterback who took a look at teammate Peyton Manning and decided to concentrate on baseball, finished last night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies batting .395 and looking like a very legitimate candidate to be baseball's first .400 hitter since the Splendid Splinter hit .406 in 1941.
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By Phil Rogers | July 11, 2010
The Angels' confidence about replacing Kendry Morales has faded. They are searching frantically for a bat as they fade record distances behind the Rangers, who until Thursday had never had a division lead of more than 51/2 games. Cory Aldridge and Paul McAnulty were desperation additions from the farm system. Aldridge was last in the big leagues in 2001, which he says was "nine teams and four surgeries ago." … Todd Helton's back is a wreck, forcing Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd to consider an unsentimental move to add a first base reinforcement.
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August 29, 1998
HittingBret Boone, Reds: 4 RBIs, HR.Todd Helton, Rockies: 4-for-4.PitchingRandy Johnson, Astros: 9 innings, 0 runs, 7 hits, 16 strikeouts.Pub Date: 8/29/98
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck | February 22, 2010
- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold arrived at spring training a day early and put his left Achilles through the most extensive tests since having surgery in late September. Reimold ran the bases and did some sprints in the outfield and emerged confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day. "It feels all right," said Reimold, who had left Achilles tendon surgery Sept. 23, prematurely ending an impressive rookie season in which he hit .279 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs. "It's going to take a little while for my legs to get underneath me, but I'll be fine."
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September 24, 1998
Hitting Todd Helton, Rockies: 3-for-5, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs. Karim Garcia, Diamondbacks: Grand slam HR, 5 RBIs. Joe Carter, Giants: 3-run HR. Andres Galarraga, Braves: 2-for-3, 44th homer, 2 RBIs. Pitching Mark Gardner, Giants: 8 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts. John Smoltz, Braves: 5 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts. Mark Portugal, Phillies: 7 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts. Pub Date: 9/24/98
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June 1, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Mark Teixeira, Rangers 1B AB R H RBI HR 5 2 3 1 0 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY Brad Halsey, Diamondbacks IP H R BB SO 7 6 0 1 6 WHO'S HOT Kevin Mench, the Rangers' left fielder, has six home runs in his past 13 games. WHO'S NOT Todd Helton, who was pulled from the Rockies' lineup, pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out to extend his slump to 3-for-50.
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May 28, 2000
Quote: "The bat felt like it was 300 pounds in my hands and I thought I was getting way weak and I was getting worried." - Rockies' Todd Helton, who ended an 0-for-13 slump Friday, then went 4-for-4 to raise his average to .406 It's a fact: Former Oriole Garrett Stephenson is 13-3 since joining the Cardinals, 7-0 this year. Who's hot: Steve Finley tied his Diamondbacks record for homers in a month with nine; he also had nine last September and in April. Who's not: The Pirates' Todd Ritchie has given up 19 earned runs in his past four outings - seven more than in his first six starts.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | June 9, 2007
Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo got the news while his team was taking batting practice, and he made no attempt to suppress his pride. The Orioles had selected his son, Eric, a middle infielder from Shippensburg University, in the 35th round of the amateur draft. It was the start of what Perlozzo hoped would be a special night. As it turned out, his night ended prematurely. Perlozzo was ejected in the top of the sixth inning for arguing a run-scoring balk call on starter Steve Trachsel. He then watched from the clubhouse as Chris Ray got the last four outs to close out the Orioles' 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies before an announced 22,375 at Camden Yards.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | April 1, 2007
BREAKOUT PLAYER / / TROY TULOWITZKI Team / / Colorado Rockies Position / / Shortstop Comment / / Tulowitzki was taken with the seventh pick in the first round of the 2005 draft. By the end of August 2006, he was in the major leagues. And he might stay there for years. He's 6 feet 3 and 205 pounds and should be able to take advantage of the thin air at Coors Field. He's just 22, but the Rockies have cleared a space for him. COLORADO ROCKIES LAST SEASON / / 76-86 / / TIED FOR FOURTH PLACE LINEUP 2006 STATISTICS CF Willy Taveras .278, 83 runs, 33 SBs 2B Kaz Matsui .267, 3 HRs, 26 RBIs 3B Garrett Atkins .329, 29 HRs, 120 RBIs 1B Todd Helton .302, 15 HRs, 81 RBIs LF Matt Holliday .326, 34 HRs, 114 RBIs RF Brad Hawpe .293, 22 HRs, 84 RBIs SS Troy Tulowitzki .240, 1 HR in 96 ABs C Chris Iannetta .260, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs ROTATION RHP Aaron Cook 9-15, 4.23, 92 K's LHP Jeff Francis 13-11, 4.16 ERA, 117K's RHP Rodrigo Lopez 9-18, 5.90 ERA, 136 K's RHP Jason Hirsh 3-4, 6.04 ERA, 29 K's RHP Josh Fogg 11-9, 5.49, 93 K's BULLPEN LHP Brian Fuentes 3-4, 3.44 ERA, 30 saves RHP LaTroy Hawkins 3-2, 4.48 ERA, 0 saves LHP Jeremy Affeldt 8-8, 6.20 ERA, 1 save Manager / / Clint Hurdle, sixth season Payroll / / $54 million X-factor / / Is Willy Taveras the slap hitter who nearly got benched in the first half last year or the author of a 30-game hitting streak in the second half?
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August 16, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Felipe Lopez, Reds AB R H BB SO 4 0 0 1 4 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY Todd Wellemeyer, Cubs IP H R BB SO 1/3 3 6 3 1 WHO'S HOT Todd Helton of the Rockies is 11-for-25 since coming off the disabled list last Wednesday and has raised his average 40 points since July 1, to .304. WHO'S NOT Aaron Harang of the Reds is hitless in his past 47 at-bats.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2005
For most of the Colorado Rockies, last night was their first visit to Camden Yards in the franchise's 13-season history. For some individual Rockies players, though, the three-game series here could have more significance - as a potential pennant-race audition. The Rockies, baseball's worst team, will be sellers this summer, and they have several players attracting interest from teams, including the Orioles. But don't start saving for that Todd Helton No. 17 Orioles jersey. Helton's not available.
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April 23, 2005
Helton's age, contract make deal a bad idea Laura Vecsey's idea for the Orioles to trade for Colorado Rockies first basemen Todd Helton ["Note to Rockies: Is Helton free?" Tuesday] was a novel idea but also one apparently made by a novice "seamhead." If the Orioles are giving up that kind of talent (Jay Gibbons, Hayden Penn, John Parrish and Nick Markakis), they shouldn't get a player who turns 32 this year and, including this year, has eight years and nearly $120 million left on his contract.
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