On sweaty shirts and a robbery in right
Mariners' Moore loses 12 pounds during game in Baltimore
Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"It felt awful. I went through three undershirts and two jerseys."
-- Adam Moore, Mariners catcher, who lost 12 pounds during Monday's 11-inning game in humid Baltimore but has since re-gained the weight. (Seattle Times)
"I always have it buttoned; everyone was asking me that. I just felt it rolling down my shirt. I was just glad I was able to get it out so that the guy couldn't run around third and score. ... It was just frustrating."
-- Sean Rodriguez, Rays second baseman, discussing a ground ball that ended up in his jersey during the sixth inning of Monday's game against Texas. (St. Petersburg Times)
"It's like staring down a beer-league softball team. They can hit home runs at will."
-- Dallas Braden, A's pitcher, on facing the Blue Jays, who lead the Majors in home runs. (Oakland Tribune)
"I've got my family here, and we just stayed in that night and hung out yesterday. Pretty low key, didn't do anything exciting."
-- Bryan Bullington, Royals pitcher, describing the way he celebrated his first Major League win on Sunday. (MLB.com)
"Offensively, even when he doesn't get hits, he puts a little fear in a pitcher. When they make mistakes, he can put it in the seats. Plus, he's got great hands."
-- Brandon Inge on teammate Jhonny Peralta. (Detroit News)
"It's good to live up to the family name. I'm helping out my dad and grandpa's name. There's been a lot of pressure, but it's good pressure, and it's fueled me. I've really wanted to do this for a long time."
-- Casey Coleman, Cubs pitcher, prior to making his first Major League start on Wednesday against the Padres. Coleman is a third-generation Major Leaguer, with his father and grandfather, both named Joe, coming before him. (MLB.com)
"What a great game. For me, it might go down as one of the better games I've played in."
-- Jim Thome, who has played in more than 2,360 games in his career, after hitting a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Minnesota's 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"This is more important than the game that I play. Through the game that I play, I'm able to do this. ... This is my responsibility. This is the way my family raised me. And my wife had the same mind when I met her. It wasn't about us anymore. It was about serving God and giving back to the community."
-- Albert Pujols, discussing the eighth annual Celebrity Golf Classic that benefits the Pujols Family Foundation. The tournament also included appearances by Bo Jackson, Darryl Strawberry, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Shaquille O'Neal. (MLB.com)
"He's tough as nails. You knew he was going to do everything in his power to get back on the field. Everything about him that he brings is positive for the team. It's Chase. He brings himself. He's always preparing to be at his best to win that game."
-- Raul Ibanez on teammate Chase Utley. (MLB.com)
"I'm tired. My body feels like it's falling apart right now, but it's OK. It was good tonight."
-- Martin Prado on having a three-hit game in his first game back from the DL. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"Yep, I caught a lot of bullpens here."
-- Buster Posey on his first return to Philadelphia, where he got called up to the Majors but did not get into any games. (San Jose Mercury News)
"That was pretty sweet. He's done in it center field for so many years, now he's doing it in right. It was fun seeing his big smile after that catch."
-- Jered Weaver on outfielder Torii Hunter going over the fence to rob a batter of a home run for the 36th time in his Major League career. (Los Angeles Times)
"One thing that Jose has is a big heart. He will help you, he will go out of his way to help you. With [Yunel] Escobar, he tried to take him under his wing, he tried to show him things when the kid arrived in Toronto. Everyone [in the Latin baseball community] knows Jose is like this. I am very happy to see that he is doing so well now. He's worked hard for it."
--Blue Jays first base coach Omar Malave commenting on the character of right fielder Jose Bautista. (Toronto Star)
"He's a professional hitter. He has a great approach and hits good pitching. His presence and approach will rub off on the other guys."
--San Diego manager Bud Black talking about third baseman/shortstop Miguel Tejada, who drove in two runs on Monday night against the Cubs. Tejada is 9-for-14 in his last three games and 15-for-35 over his last eight games with four doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"I just kept throwing [my fastball]. It finally came. I was mixing in a lot of changeups like always, I guess, and just trying to get strike one with something other than a fastball. You don't ever want to panic out there. I just kept throwing strikes. I kind of stayed away from the inside with it, didn't feel real good going in there. The last few innings, it came back and felt good."
--Rookie Jeremy Hellickson on how he made it through his third Major League start on Sunday despite not having his best stuff. (St. Petersburg Times)
"He's been through a lot. He had a rough start to his rookie season and then came back and won Rookie of the Year, and then won MVP the next year. That just doesn't happen if you're a normal athlete, a normal player. He's definitely one of the leaders on the team. He's a spark plug for the whole team."
-- Clay Buchholz, commenting on second baseman Dustin Pedroia. (Boston Herald)
"I always tell him how bad he is. About how he's not good enough to be a starter and stuff like that. How he doesn't throw hard, and he signed a bad contract. I never give him credit for anything."
-- Zack Greinke, on his playful relationship with closer Joakim Soria. (Kansas City Star)
"There's definitely a lot of talk about me and Adam combined in the same situation, in the same sentences. If you look at what he's done the last two years, he deserves the spotlight, I think. It's always Carpenter-Wainwright, Carpenter-Wainwright, Carpenter-Wainwright. To be honest with you though, for both of us I think that's a good thing. We feed off each other. We work together. There are all of those little things. We also don't expect to fail. But we know if something happens, my guy is going to be there to pick me up, and he knows I'm going to be there to pick him up."
-- Chris Carpenter, on the constant comparisons between him and Cardinals co-ace, Adam Wainwright. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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