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Notes, Quotes · Gonzalez still trying to get out of slump · Roster Report

--INF/OF Ty Wigginton had his first multi-hit game with the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a double and his second homer. He entered the game with 11 one-hit games, going 11-for-56 (.196) in 19 games with three extra-base hits -- two doubles and a homer.

--The Rockies are 6-1 in games started by RHPs Esmil Rogers, Greg Reynolds and Alan Johnson, none of whom were in the Rockies' projected rotation when spring training opened. Reynolds and Johnson are back at Triple-A Colorado Springs. RHP Aaron Cook, a projected member of the Opening Day rotation, hasn't even started a game as he works his way back from a broken right ring finger.

--The Rockies went a season-high four straight games without hitting a home run, a streak that ended when Todd Helton hit two homers and Ty Wigginton hit one. It was the first time in 23 games this season that the Rockies hit three homers in a game.

--The Rockies are 4-1 against the Cubs. They play their final game in 2011 against the Cubs on Wednesday and have clinched the season series for the third straight season. The Rockies went 4-2 against the Cubs in 2009 and 3-2 last year.

--RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who starts Wednesday at Chicago, will be trying to rebound from his worst outing of the season. Friday at Florida, he allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings and lost 4-1 as Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth and threw a one-hitter. Chacin had not allowed a home run in 22 innings in his first three starts but gave up two homers against the Marlins.

--1B Todd Helton went 45 at-bats since hitting his first home run of the season April 6 against the Dodgers at Coors Field, a dry spell that ended when he hit the first of two homers at Wrigley Field off LHP James Russell, giving him three in 20 games this season. When he hit eight home runs last year, Helton hit his third on Aug. 7 in his 73rd game. The multi-homer game was Helton's first since Aug. 7, 2008, when he homered twice against the Brewers (Scott Linebrink and Chris Spurling). The last time Helton hit two homers in a game on the road was May 10, 2002, at Shea Stadium against Mets RHP Jeff D'Amico.

--CF Dexter Fowler is batting .273 with a .387 on-base percentage, both figures that would be higher if Fowler was making steadier contact. But he is averaging one strikeout every 2.8 at-bats and leads the National League with 31 strikeouts. Fowler has struck out at least once in six straight games and 10 of his past 11. In those 11 games, he has 22 strikeouts in 43 at-bats.

--RHP Aaron Cook (broken right ring finger) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at the Rockies complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. He broke the finger March 11, and now that it is healed, manager Jim Tracy said Cook is in "spring training mode." He's scheduled to throw 50 pitches, the first 15 to batters on Saturday and will join the Rockies in Arizona next week when they play a series against the Diamondbacks and is scheduled to face hitters before the May 4 game. Cook is building toward a minor league rehabilitation assignment. He's on the 60-day disabled list and can't be activated until May 21.

336 -- Career home runs for 1B Todd Helton, including two on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, giving him three this season. Both homers came off LHP James Russell, against whom Helton went 2-for-3. He's 8-for-23 (.348) against LHPs this season.

"He will create more chances for us to win having him than having that extra player. But we will get to the point where that extra player does become necessary." -- Manager Jim Tracy, on carrying RHP Clayton Mortensen, giving the Rockies 13 pitchers, one more than usual.

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