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A day later, Moyer downplays his accomplishment

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DENVER (AP)

Jamie Moyer wasn't overly sore or elated after his record-setting night.

The 49-year-old Colorado Rockies lefty was pretty much business as usual Wednesday, the day after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major league contest.

After pitching seven sharp innings against San Diego, his arm was a little bit tired and his legs stiff.

But that's typical for him after a start.

Only, this was far from an ordinary trip to the mound. Moyer was the talk of baseball as he turned in a vintage performance to work his way into the record books.

About that: Moyer doesn't want to be viewed as a novelty act. He's here to help, not make history.

The record-setting outing didn't mean as much to him as pulling the Rockies out of a two-game skid.

''Milestones and records become secondary when you're playing a team sport and have a goal of progressing into the playoffs,'' Moyer said. ''If I can give the team enough innings, enough quality innings to put us in a position to win games, that's what it's about.''

His phone hasn't stopped ringing as teammates and friends call to congratulate him. In all, he's received more than 100 texts and 20 voice messages.

And he will get back to everyone, just as soon as all the hubbub and hoopla die down.

''I pull for him. I think he's amazing,'' said Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who had Moyer for parts of five seasons when he was in the Phillies rotation. ''I have a lot of respect for Jamie. I've known him basically his whole career.''

Moyer is hoping this milestone win is the start of something, not the culmination of a career that's spanned nearly a quarter century. That's why he's not making a big deal out of breaking the mark of Jack Quinn, who picked up a win for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 13, 1932.

He's already setting his sights - even if it's through thick reading glasses - on another milestone: Adding to the streak. Moyer has actually been the most consistent pitcher in the rotation so far this season, boasting a 2.55 ERA.

This from a veteran who went into spring training without a guaranteed roster spot and performed his way onto the team. He also missed all of 2011 as he recovered from a surgically repaired ligament in his elbow.

Only now is he beginning to feel more like himself.

''Spring training and the beginning of the season, I've cleared the last hurdles that I feel, as far as rehab and maybe some of the questions I had,'' Moyer said. ''How far can I go? How many pitches can I throw? I've answered all those questions.

''Now, for me, it's about preparation and being effective.''

Moyer got his 268th career win on Tuesday, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time list.

Next up, Mike Mussina and Burleigh Grimes, who are two wins away.

Asked if he paid much attention to records, Moyer just shrugged.

''No. Not really,'' Moyer said. ''It's not that I win them, but WE win them.''

Still, his teammates couldn't have been more pleased.

''We all got to see history happen. Nobody in the history of baseball did what Jamie just did,'' Michael Cuddyer said. ''It's not very often you get to see the only one person in the history be able to do something. That's awesome.''

However, there was a little matter of record-keeping to tidy up. The Rockies had him listed at 49 years and 150 days old.

Turns out, according to STATS, LLC., he's actually a day older when he set the record.

Moyer was locked in against San Diego. His smartest pitch of the evening came on his final one in the seventh.

With the tying run on third base and two outs, up came pinch hitter Jeremy Hermida, a player Moyer has some history against. Moyer thought about busting a fastball on him, but knew Hermida was thinking the same thing.

So he threw a 76-mph cutter that Hermida harmlessly grounded to second, ending the threat.

That was a case of using his vast knowledge as an advantage.

''At this age, obviously experience is helping me greatly,'' Moyer said. ''I don't really think I knew myself that well as a 23-, 24-year-old kid.

''I had some pretty good guidance from veteran players. But they couldn't be on the mound with me. I took a fair amount of lumps. But at some point - I can't tell you when it took place - but I think I came to realization that you have to start taking some things positive out of outings, whether you've had a good day or a bad day.''

The night before was definitely a good day.

So good the Hall of Fame came calling, wanting his hat and glove as mementos.

''It's very flattering,'' Moyer said. ''For them to ask for articles from last night's game, it's a huge honor.''

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AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley contributed from San Francisco.

Tagged: Padres, Rockies, Jamie Moyer, Jeremy Hermida

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