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MLB notebook: Rockies retire Helton's No. 17

| Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

Todd Helton brought the crowd at Coors Field to its feet again Sunday when the Rockies retired the No. 17 jersey of their longtime first baseman. Helton, a career .316 hitter, retired after last season after a 17-year career, all with the Rockies. He is the first player in the team's 22-year history to have his number retired. As part of the tribute, the Rockies unveiled a plaque bearing Helton's number on the facade of the second-deck railing next to one bearing the initials of Keli S. McGregor, the Rockies' late president, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42, which has been retired by all of major league baseball. “I showed up every day and played as hard as I could,” Helton said.

• Outfielder Michael Cuddyer, sidelined for 2 12 months by a fractured left shoulder, has been activated by the Rockies. The 35-year-old Cuddyer was playing third base against Arizona on June 5 when he was injured while diving for a grounder. He missed the next 60 games. In 31 games this season, Cuddyer has batted .317 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

• The Cardinals recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from a short stay at Triple-A Memphis and demoted struggling left-hander Kevin Siegrist, who starred as a rookie for a NL championship team. Manager Mike Matheny said the 22-year-old Martinez will be used in relief. Siegrist, is 1-3 with a 6.11 ERA. He was 3-1 with an 0.45 ERA last season.

• The Yankees activated catcher Brian McCann from the seven-day concussion list and optioned catcher Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. McCann was hurt during a game Aug. 8 against Cleveland.

— AP

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