Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week.
"I just feel really blessed. I don't know any other way to put it. To be linked with some of these guys that they're linking me with is just a neat event, and I appreciate it."
-- Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens after picking up his 350th career victory in a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Monday. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"(Bonds) just looked at me like, 'You just hit on holidays?' I'm like, man, that's what it looks like."
-- Giants outfielder Fred Lewis in the starting lineup for Barry Bonds on what the slugger told him after Lewis hit a grand slam on July 4. Earlier in the season, Lewis hit for the cycle on Mother's Day. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"If I had to face those guys every day, I'd hit .100."
-- Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter, after the Yankees' Roger Clemens gave up just one run on two hits over eight innings against the Twins on Monday. In his career, Hunter is 0-for-25 against Clemens. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"That's what I regret, not going to the All-Star Game. As bad as I want to take him and be there, because I was selected, I'm going to have to have followup visits with the doctors."
-- Braves pitcher John Smoltz on canceling plans to take his son to the All-Star Game with him this season. Instead, he will have doctors examine his injured shoulder. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"That's not a new pinch-hitter. We'd rather see him play nine innings."
-- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez after Hanley Ramirez delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer Tuesday night. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
"He's more boring than me."
-- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the lack of emotion displayed by pitcher Matt Chico. (Washington Post)
"A lot of times, when he got two strikes on him, you knew the at-bat was over. And it's totally the opposite now. He's putting better approaches on with two strikes. With two strikes he's protecting the strike zone, trying not to go out of the strike zone as much as he did last year, and that's going to make a world of difference for him."
-- Dodgers manager Grady Little on the difference in Matt Kemp from this season and last year, when he came up as a rookie. (Los Angeles Times)
"He said that he felt bad, but it's not his fault. He had nothing to do with it."
-- Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera relaying what Rangers shortstop Michael Young said about getting picked for the All-Star team ahead of Cabrera. Young was picked to represent the Rangers, which cost Cabrera a spot on the team. (Los Angeles Times)
"I was 50-50. I knew I really liked (Santiago) Casilla against Glaus right there, so depending on how the conversation went, I'd make my decision. Joe was pushing 115 pitches, but it was a cool night. I wanted to see what he thought and he said, 'I can get this guy.' Jason followed like an echo, 'We can get this guy.'"
-- A's manager Bob Geren on his visit to the mound in the ninth inning Tuesday night. Geren left starting pitcher Joe Blanton in the game after talking things over with Blanton and catcher Jason Kendall. Blanton rewarded his manager's confidence and picked up his third complete game of the season, which ties him for the Major League lead. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I'm trying to be more efficient with my strides. I have to make sure I stay short and compact. Hitting, running, fielding, throwing, all of that stuff - it's all coordination. It's getting your muscles firing in the right sequence."
-- Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez on the adjustments he's making while playing with an injured hamstring. (Seattle Times)
"I always thought it was faster diving into first. It's probably a bad habit to get into. I know (first base coach Dave) McKay hates it."
-- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Skip Schumaker, on his decision to dive into first base instead of running through the bag against Arizona on Monday night. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"It was fun. It's an honor to be invited back, even though I didn't make the team. I don't know who else will be in it, but it might be Barry Bonds. It might be Ken Griffey Jr. Prince Fielder will probably be there. To be on the field with those guys should be a lot of fun."
-- Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, the 2006 All-Star Game Home Run Derby champion, on his decision to fly to San Francisco to participate in the 2007 Home Run Derby. (Philadelphia Daily News)
"When I hit a homer, it's an accident."
-- Milwaukee catcher Damian Miller, after hitting a round-tripper against Pittsburgh on Monday. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"I feel terrible, I feel guilty, I feel responsible. A guy lost his job because of us. That's the way I look at it. It's too bad. He's a good guy and I wish we would have played better."
-- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Scott Hatteberg, after manager Jerry Narron was let go earlier this week. For his part, Hatteberg has hovered around the .300 mark all season. (Cincinnati Post)
"I was obviously disappointed in my outing in Milwaukee because that cost me a chance at pitcher of the month. But to be honored as rookie of the month, it's a great honor for me. Obviously I give a lot of credit to the offense behind me, because that's how you get wins."
-- Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Bannister, on being named the American League's pitcher of the month. In June, Bannister was 5-1 with an ERA of 2.75 in six starts. (Kansas City Royals)
"I see a lot of balls I think will be a triple but the hitter thinks is going to be a home run. Then it comes up short and the next thing you know it's a double. I've tripled two or three times that way. The only reason I stop is if I see the play made or (third-base coach) Gene Lamont puts up his hands."
-- Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson, on what it takes to turn a double into a triple. (Detroit News)
"You just want to look yourself in the mirror and be happy with what you're doing. Whether it's the first pitch or the 60th pitch or the 185th pitch of the game. I've been in all types of situations this season. You want to feel like you're doing the team a service by taking the ball."
-- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kip Wells, on doing his best no matter in what role he fills. On Tuesday night, Wells worked five innings in relief and allowed just one run against the Diamondbacks. He struck out five and walked none. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
"It means a lot. It's been a long time coming, man."
-- Rookie Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Shane Youman, after picking up his first Major League win on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the Pirates' 6-2 victory, Youman worked six innings and allowed just two runs. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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