Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"I still have a nasty taste in my mouth, and my eyes sting real bad."
-- Donnie Murphy, Marlins super sub, on the shaving-cream pie he received in the face from teammates after he delivered a two-run, pinch-hit, walk-off home run Monday night. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"It's crazy. I've been with this organization, and I've never even seen this [clubhouse] down here. It's kind of cool to actually get to see what I'm playing for. I'm excited."
-- Troy Patton, Orioles pitcher, on being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. (Baltimore Sun)
"It's awesome. John's my man. I love John. It's a special day and certainly something I'm going to remember forever, really."
-- Neil Walker, after going 5-for-5 on Tuesday night -- the first Pirates rookie to get five hits in a game since current Pirates broadcaster John Wehner did so in 1991. (MLB.com)
"Not at all."
-- Tyler Colvin, Cubs rookie, on whether or not the idea of being named Rookie of the Year ever crosses his mind. (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Guys kind of relaxed, didn't watch baseball -- they didn't know what I did in the All-Star Game -- so these guys really got some rest, and I think their energy is back. And they look good, everybody except me."
-- Torii Hunter on how his Angels teammates enjoyed their time off during the All-Star break. (Los Angeles Times)
"I hit it soft. Every time I hit it hard, it's an out."
-- Jose Lopez, Mariners second baseman, on how he knew his broken-bat bloop would land for a hit. (Seattle Times)
"As kids, we were taught to play as hard as we could all the time. It's something my brother [Chris] and I take a lot of pride in. We have to live up to the standard he established for us."
--Cleveland's Shelley Duncan, brother of Chris Duncan and son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, on his family's hard-nosed approach to the game. (MLB.com)
"It'd be nice coming down to the wire. You never know what's going to happen. I may have two more months to get [the record]; you never know. Right now its two starts, and we'll see."
-- Roy Oswalt two wins away from breaking Joe Niekro's club record for victories, acknowledging a trade might affect his chances. (Houston Chronicle)
"It's kind of weird. This is where we had our boys. We kind of started our family here. Really, it was like coming back home, because we were here so long, and we have so many friends here that are like family. As soon as we got signed with the Jays, we figured out what day we were coming to K.C. and had a plan from the get-go."
-- John Buck, now with the Blue Jays, commenting on returning to Kansas City to face the Royals, the team he played for from 2004-2009. (MLB.com)
"I played for Don in the Minors. It's great to be mentioned with his name. It's something I might look back on at a later time. You can't focus on individual accomplishments now. I've just got to keep going and try to help us win games. That's our main focus right now."
-- Rickie Weeks after setting the Brewers record for home runs in a season by a second baseman when he hit Nos. 16 and 17 on Sunday to surpass Don Money. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"It's probably an extreme rarity to have the sons of three Major League outfielders in the outfield at the same time. But once the game is going, you're not thinking about that. You're thinking about what you have to do."
-- Tony Gwynn Jr. commenting on the fact the Padres often start three sons -- Gwynn Jr., Scott Hairston Jr. and Will Venable -- of former Major League players in the outfield. The former players are Tony Gwynn, Scott Hairston and Max Venable. (MLB.com)
"If you watch him work out, it's incredible. He's still such an interesting athlete. ... Don't know where it's going to lead, but I think it's a good idea. I don't think there's a downside."
--Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon on the signing of former Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli to a Minor League contract. (St. Petersburg Times)
"The tough thing is that it's July, and they're just getting on the field. I know they're all going to have some adjustments to make, but I think the good thing is that for the most part, they should be fresh. They should be hungry to play. You're just like anybody else, you're kind of anxious to see how that looks."
--Mets manager Jerry Manuel on having David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo in the lineup together for the first time since May 20, 2009. (MLB.com)
"Harrison did exactly what we needed him to do. Harry did a heck of a job. It seemed like every time they threatened, he had to go through the middle of the order. And he did it. He saved it for us."
--Rangers manager Ron Washington talking about the job starting pitcher Matt Harrison did against the Tigers on Monday night. (Dallas Morning News)
"So much is different between 500 and 600. We have so much going on. We have a lot of team goals right now. My focus right now is: Think small, drive in runs and not worry about too much."
-- Alex Rodriguez commenting about his approach at the plate as he nears home run No. 600. He hit his 598th career home run Saturday. (MLB.com)
"He's a guy who's pitched a lot and knows his craft. He's pitched in front of 50,000 people before. Fifty-thousand people, when you've escaped a country, is probably not all that intimidating."
--Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Yunesky Maya, a 28-year-old Cuban pitcher, who is expected to reach the Majors soon, recently signed by the team. (The Washington Post)
"Definitely something I never thought I'd accomplish. To get it all in the same game ... lots of things have to go right. And to do it on a broken-bat triple down the left field line is not how I expected it to end."
-- The Twins' Michael Cuddyer, on what it's like to hit for the cycle. (MLB.com)
"If you can play the infield, you can play outfield. In the outfield, you just read fly balls, it's not that hard. I don't have a cannon, and I'm not going to throw a lot of guys out. I'm not going to track down the balls a lot of guys would, but I'll make the routine play."
-- First baseman-turned-outfielder Aubrey Huff on how he handles playing multiple positions. (San Jose Mercury News)
"I believe most long relievers turn into starters sooner or later, so if I become a starter, then I become a starter. I throw five pitches, so I should be a starter, but being a long reliever is fine."
-- Kanekoa Texeira, Kansas City pitcher, on what he envisions his role to be in the future. (MLB.com)
"Whether you're filling in for Miguel [Cabrera] or [Brandon] Inge or Austin [Jackson] in center field, I have to stay within myself, do what I can do and not try to fill their shoes because they're some pretty big shoes to fill. Just go out there and play the game that I play and try to be as consistent as I can, help the team win and eventually -- hopefully -- that would lead into an everyday role."
-- Don Kelly, on his approach to stepping in and playing wherever he's needed for the Tigers. (Detroit News)
"I hope I'm around long enough to pitch against him. He's a great pitcher. He's already proven himself. He's got two Cy Youngs. So rivalry or not, I hope I get to pitch against him for a long time."
--Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw on Tim Lincecum. Both pitchers were selected in the 2006 Draft, with the Dodgers taking Kershaw out of high school with the seventh pick and the Giants selecting the collegian Lineceum with the 10th pick. (Los Angeles Times)
"It's a big deal. You play this game to make it to the big leagues. Then when you get to the big leagues, you play to win. That's what I've been doing for 12 years now, and unfortunately I haven't made it to the playoffs. That's my goal."
-- Randy Winn, now with the Cardinals, on the possibility of getting into the playoffs for the first time in his 12-year career. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Playing for so long, coaching and managing for so long, I think he's seen it all. He's been through it all, he's won a lot of games as a manager. He's won World Series titles both as a player and coach and manager, and he's had a great career. Hopefully we can go out there and keep winning ballgames and end this season with something special."
-- Ryan Dempster, on retiring Cubs manager Lou Piniella. (MLB.com)
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