Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"I've known Reggie since I had zero home runs. And he had 563."
-- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, speaking of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, after moving ahead of Jackson on the all-time home run list with 564. Griffey is now 10th on the list. (Cincinnati Post)
"Well, I guess I'm stronger than him then."
-- Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, on teammate Ryan Howard, joking after Utley hit a home run at Citizens Bank Ballpark that some say went further than the longest home run ever hit there by Howard. (Philadelphia Daily News)
"I smile off a lot of things. That's just me. That's my personality. I don't let too much hold me down. I don't let too much hold me back. What happened is already done. I can't do anything to change it."
-- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, on how he handles the fallout regarding some of the more publicized things he says. (Philadelphia Daily News)
"It's been a few years since I even got to go out for the ninth."
-- Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm, after tossing a complete game, three-hit shutout over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. It was the first shutout of Maholm's career. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"I was going crazy. It's good to be with the team. When you're on the DL, you feel like an outcast."
-- Reds pitcher Eddie Guardado, disabled until June coming off of elbow ligament surgery, on his desire to at the least travel with the team. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
"Get my oil changed, and I'm ready to go."
-- Nationals pitcherRay King on how long it would take him to get back in the swing of things after spending time on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. (Washington Post)
"I don't worry about things when things are going bad because it's already there anyway. I panic when I'm going good because I'm trying to figure out how long that's going to last. That's an old (saying) of my dad. Don't panic when it's bad because it's already bad. You can only make it worse. Panic when it's going good because it can only last for a day, it can last for two weeks or whatever. Whenever you're doing good, that's when I'm worried."
-- Barry Bonds on how he deals with the highs and lows of playing Major League Baseball. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"It was tough to take him out because he'd really pitched so well. But I felt like he'd done his job, and with the physical and emotional demands of pitching your first big-league game, I thought that was enough."
-- A's manager Bob Geren explaining why he removed pitcher Dallas Braden from his first start after just 86 pitches. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I saw a guy that probably would have ripped my throat out had I taken him out of the game. But that's OK. That's what I was looking for."
-- Mariners manager Mike Hargrove on his visit to the mound in the ninth inning to check on the status of starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn. The lefthander stayed in the game and completed a shutout. (Seattle Times)
"The one closest to our dugout."
-- Cleveland's Casey Blake, on his favorite position to play in the field. (Akron Beacon Journal)
"I watched Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, all those great hitters, and they all worked the count. Those guys don't worry about hitting with two strikes because they all have some kind of two-strike approach."
-- Cleveland Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, on hitting with two strikes and the patience and planning it takes to succeed with that mentality. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"I can't control that. They'll make that decision. I can't concentrate on that, just pitching."
-- Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona, on whether his future with Cleveland involves more starting assignments, a trip to the bullpen, or a trip to Triple-A Buffalo. On Tuesday, Caroma picked up the win in Cleveland's 5-3 victory over Minnesota. He worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs in the victory. (MLB.com)
"He puts guys in a slump when they're going good and sometimes it's almost better to see him when you're struggling -- like I was. He threw me a pitch before that went up and over here and I had no chance at it. The one I hit was a knuckleball that just wasn't as good. That's how it happens, and now all I'm trying to do is just string a couple of good games together -- games where I feel I hit the ball hard. That's two in a row."
-- Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Frank Thomas on facing Boston knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield. Thomas hit a two-run homer off the right-hander in the sixth inning, keying a three-run frame and leading the Jays to a 7-3 win. (Toronto Globe and Mail)
"I haven't figured the guy out since I saw him last year with Houston. You can't sit on anything because he's throwing everything for strikes. And he always seemed to get strike one."
-- San Diego center fielder Mike Cameron commenting on Colorado pitcher Jason Hirsh, who has allowed only three runs on 10 hits in 13 2/3 innings of work against the Padres this year. Cameron is 1-for-9 with a homer and three strikeouts in his career against Hirsh. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Guys either love it or hate it. I've liked it more than not. I kind of took the approach, it's slow-pitch softball and just look for a ball up. You've got to know going into the game if he throws a really good one you're not going to hit it because it's going to dance. But it's a rare day when it's going all over the place; you're going to get some pitches to hit. You can't try to hit home runs either. I think some guys fall into that trap."
-- New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green on his approach to hitting a knuckleball. (Rocky Mountain News)
"Everybody kept asking me when I was going to move him up. Well, I jumped him two spots. To go any farther, though, he's going to have to move past some veteran hitters. When he does that, it will be safe to say 'He's arrived.'"
-- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on moving second baseman Ian Kinsler, a right-handed hitter, up in the order to seventh from ninth against right-handed hitters. Kinsler has been the Rangers' top hitter this season, leading the team in home runs (7), RBIs (16), batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.414), slugging percentage (.733) and OPS (1.147). (Dallas Morning News)
"I felt great. That last inning I just tried to bury a couple of sliders and left them up a little bit, and they were able to get some hits through the holes. Just a little better location with them and they're probably double plays. That's baseball. That's how it is. That's how it's always going to be."
-- Braves pitcher Tim Hudson who took a shutout into the ninth inning only to end up with a no-decision in a game the team lost on a passed ball. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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