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Tulowitzki etches name in record books
09/11/2007 1:26 AM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- In case Rockies rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ever reaches the point of wondering, the historic baseball should be in a safe place.

Tulowitzki hit his 20th home run, surpassing the National League record for rookie shortstops that the Cubs' Ernie Banks set in 1954, in the fifth inning of the Rockies' 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Phillies on Monday night.

A fan at Citizens Bank Park, either wanting to make sure Tulowitzki had a baseball to cherish or expressing the traditional Philly fan cantankerousness, hurled the ball back onto the field, where a ball girl down the left-field line could retrieve it.

"It's probably something I'll look back on, but right now, it's not something I'm worried about," Tulowitzki said. "The main thing is to just win games. It's a tough loss tonight. It definitely hurts."

Tulowitzki, 22, has had a rookie year chock full of accomplishment. He has been the primary starter at short since Opening Day, turned the 13th unassisted triple play in Major League history on April 29 against the Braves, entered Monday leading the Majors in total chances, assists and double plays, and has hit a healthy .291.

Making history with the home runs and the triple play and playing consistent defense might not be enough to overcome Brewers power-hitting third baseman Ryan Braun in NL Rookie of the Year balloting among members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, but manager Clint Hurdle campaigned for him Monday.

"He's been a special player this year," Hurdle said. "I think he's earning the respect of everybody in the league. He's shown up great for us. He's put himself in place to be a force for years to come. I'm very biased, but he sure is a good-looking Rookie of the Year candidate."

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