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Monday, June 23, 2008

"Admit it: Helton's status slipping"

Denver Post Sports Column - Mark Kiszla

The Emperor has no clothes, and the cleanup hitter has no cleaning tools.

Everyone has admitted it except Colorado Rockies' manager Clint Hurdle.

Helton has 7 homeruns, 27 RBI and is hitting .275.

He knows he should not be hitting in the four hole: "I think you have to earn your spot in the lineup. And as long as I'm not batting eighth or ninth, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help us win."

Helton told Kiszla "I just show up and play ... where (Hurdle) puts me in the lineup is his decision."

Hurdle needs to make the decision to put Helton in the sixth spot.

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