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--1B Todd Helton was in the lineup Tuesday before the game at New York was postponed by rain. He last started Thursday at Pittsburgh but since then has made just two pinch-hitting appearances due to lower back stiffness.

Had the teams played, the turf at Citi Field would have been wet, but manager Jim Tracy had determined Helton's back was not at risk. "It felt good to be able to get in the lineup, even though we didn't get to play," Helton said. "I was excited to get out there. I went out and ran a little bit, and it was good. I'm still a little sore, but it's good."

--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a cut on his right thumb cuticle, went through pitcher's fielding practice and played long toss Tuesday at the Rockies' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jimenez is scheduled to throw about 85 pitches Wednesday in an extended spring training game against Athletics minor leaguers. Jimenez is in line to start Monday against the Giants at Coors Field, one day after he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

--CF Dexter Fowler, the Rockies' leadoff hitter, has gone 7-for-22 (.318) on the current road trip, scoring eight runs in five games -- at least one in each game -- and has possibly taken the first steps to reverse his dreadful performance on the road last year. He hit .211 on the road with a .297 on-base percentage in 2010. Through five road games, Fowler has reached base safely 11 times and has a .407 on-base percentage on the road.

--The Rockies went nine games without a triple, a streak that ended Monday night when Seth Smith led off the second with a triple. In his 11-for-30 (.367) start, Smith has accumulated six extra-base hits -- four doubles, one triple and one homer for a .667 slugging percentage.

--The Rockies hit at least one home run in eight of their first nine games and have a streak of seven straight games with a homer. During the streak, they have hit nine homers, five with at least one runner on base. The Rockies won seven of their first nine games despite not getting more than three hits with runners in scoring position in any single game. In Monday's 7-6 win at New York, the Rockies went 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

--RHP Rafael Betancourt, who has made six appearances, has been scored upon in his past two outings. In 72 games last year, Betancourt was scored upon in consecutive outings just once -- April 28-May 3, when he was scored upon in three straight appearances. Health issues caused Betancourt to began the 2010 season slowly. He came to spring training still recovering from a virus that limited his offseason training in January and then developed shoulder inflammation early in spring training.

60 -- Saves for RHP Huston Street with the Rockies, including five this season, tying him with Bruce Ruffin for third all-time in franchise history behind Brian Fuentes (115) and Jose Jimenez (102).

"He's threading the needle. His put-away pitches are back, and the ball is going exactly where he wants it to. That's a pretty good combination to have." -- Manager Jim Tracy on closer Huston Street, who is 5-for-5 in save opportunities, and in seven games has allowed six hits and one run in nine innings with three walks and 11 strikeouts.

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AVGCharlie Blackmon , CF.331
HRCharlie Blackmon , CF37
RBINolan Arenado , 3B130
OBPCharlie Blackmon , CF.399
SLGCharlie Blackmon , CF.601
RCharlie Blackmon , CF137
SBIan Desmond , LF15
WKyle Freeland , SP11
ERAGerman Marquez , SP4.39
WHIPGerman Marquez , SP1.38
KGerman Marquez , SP147
SVGreg Holland , RP41

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