Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
04/15/2010 3:17 PM ET
On talent trumping bad luck
Bradley snaps 2-for-26 funk with game-winning bomb
"It was just one of those days when things worked out. You keep working hard, and talent's going to surpass bad luck at some point."
-- Milton Bradley on breaking out of a slump with a game-winning, three-run homer Tuesday night against the A's.
"To get through the things I've been through and get back out there and throw a game like that, I'm just really proud of myself."
-- Justin Duchscherer on getting his first win since July 2008. He missed last season due to clinical depression.
"You won't see it again either. I'll live on that one for a while."
-- Paul Maholm, Pirates pitcher, after making an acrobatic play on Tuesday night against San Francisco.
"We knew coming in here they wanted to bring me and [Mark] DeRosa in here to be patient and see some pitches. I take pride in that."
-- Aubrey Huff on being second on the Giants with an average of 4.06 pitches per plate appearance.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
"I was full of gratitude. I was deeply moved by everything that happened."
-- Hideki Matsui, now the Angels' designated hitter, on the standing ovation he received at Yankee Stadium when he received his World Series ring.
(Los Angeles Times)
"I'm not saying he's old, but to take a year off at his age and come back strong, to still have the same speed and ability in the outfield, that's pretty impressive. The hitting is different. If you have that ability, it seems to last a little longer. But what he's doing in the outfield is tremendous."
-- Prince Fielder on Jim Edmonds' return after taking the 2009 season off.
"Of course, you'd like to come in all the time with the bases clean, but I've never been one to panic with runners on base. I feel like I can execute all my pitches no matter the situation."
-- Aaron Laffey, Indians left-hander, on his new role out of the bullpen.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"I think that's the value that you take going through the struggles. You appreciate those good times when they come because you know you've been through [the bad]. That's part of the growing process."
-- Vernon Wells on his hot start at the plate for the Blue Jays.
"He looks the part of what you want in a No. 4 hitter, the size and the raw power that can change a game. Plus, he has great speed for a big man. ... The biggest thing is just to not put too much pressure on him. The potential is definitely there, but it's really unfair to him to put him in that category yet."
--San Diego's Matt Stairs on teammate Kyle Blanks.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)
"I'm sure everyone's heard me say it, but he's been one of my favorite teammates I've ever played with. He's professional, he comes out here every single day ready to play, he never makes excuses whether he's not feeling good or he's feeling great. He goes out there and he plays.
"One thing you remember is when he broke his wrist, he apologized to his team for breaking his wrist. I'd never seen that before. I think it's only fitting that he's here for Opening Day, and I'm sure he's going to get a well-deserved standing ovation."
--Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on former teammate and current Angels DH Hideki Matsui, who received his World Series ring Tuesday before New York's home opener.
"There have probably been three or four additional at-bats already where Ian Stewart is standing at first base, because he hit a line-drive single to center field and didn't try to do too much. He's not trying to hit it in the second deck. He's just taking what the guy gives him and hitting a nice little line drive to center."
--Rockies manager Jim Tracy on third baseman Ian Stewart, who is hitting .391.
"I'm not the fastest guy in the world. [But] I've got to be able to [at] least run."
-- Jason LaRue, Cardinals catcher, who is nursing a strained hamstring.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"It's just three more outs you need to get. It's just your turn now as the last guy to go out there. There will be adjustments being made. I'm sure he's under the microscope a little more now. Teams will probably scout him more and know what his tendencies are. As he sees adjustments being made, he'll have to adjust to that -- go out and do what he does."
-- Joe Nathan, out for the year following ligament replacement surgery, on what current closer Jon Rauch is likely to go through.
"When you don't see pitching, you don't play, [so] it's a little bit hard to go in there and do good all the time. But for me, it's just stay positive and keep working hard and believe that I can go out there and do the things I'm supposed to do."
-- Juan Castro, Phillies reserve infielder, on the challenges of limited playing time.
(Philadelphia Daily News)
"I almost feel bad making him work this hard. I know it's our job to go deeper in the game. He's having to work harder because of us. He's done an amazing job."
-- Clayton Kershaw on Dodgers teammate Jeff Weaver, who has appeared in six of the team's first seven games.
(Los Angeles Times)
"The thing about baseball is, it's never over until it's over. That sounds cliché, but those guys are out there battling, too. You have to tip your hat to them coming back. ... I was just looking for something to put a good swing on, and I got a fastball."
-- Casey McGehee, Milwaukee third baseman, after hitting a game-ending home run Sunday night to lead the Brewers past the Cardinals, 8-7.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"It was such an emphasis in spring, where we were forced to do it a lot -- the same repetitive drills over and over -- that it obviously helped everybody get better. You do something that much, it has to help. But I think guys also made a conscious effort that, 'Hey, this is important.' And they're not just trying to make the good plays, but the everyday routine ones. And those are just as important."
-- Dan Haren talking about the Diamondbacks' emphasis on defense.
(The Arizona Republic)
"Everybody has got each other's back. We're a family. Nobody is going to push us around. Basically, that's not going to happen here."
-- Nyjer Morgan on the Nationals' bench racing to the field after teammate Willie Harris was hit by a pitch.
-- Red Line Editorial