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Morneau settles in at 1st base for Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014
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photo - FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau waits in the on-deck circle to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Morneau is off to a solid start as he steps in for Todd Helton, who retired last year after 17 seasons. Morneau is hitting .387 and scooping up virtually everything in his vicinity at first base _ just like Helton used to do. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau waits in the on-deck circle to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Morneau is off to a solid start as he steps in for Todd Helton, who retired last year after 17 seasons. Morneau is hitting .387 and scooping up virtually everything in his vicinity at first base _ just like Helton used to do. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER (AP) — Justin Morneau laces up his cleats right next to the locker once belonging to Todd Helton, the first baseman whose shoes he's now trying to fill.

Merely a coincidence, though. The Colorado Rockies slugger selected that space in the clubhouse only because good friend Michael Cuddyer resides on the other side.

Morneau insists he's not trying to replace the retired Helton, only "do the things I'm capable of doing."

He's certainly off to a solid start, hitting .387 and scooping up just about everything thrown in his vicinity at first — just like Helton used to do.

Cuddyer says of Morneau, his longtime teammate in Minnesota: "Justin's a relentless worker and continues to get better, to make our team better."