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They said it: This week's baseball quotes

Jim Leyland scoffs at Max Scherzer's doubters, Hunter Pence talks about Yusmeiro Petit's almost-perfect game, and fan chats with Ryan Braun.

September 07, 2013|Times staff
  • Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland doesn't care if no one knows how good pitcher Max Scherzer has been this season.
Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland doesn't care if no one knows how… (Orlin Wagner / Associated…)

"I'd rather have a pitcher nobody is talking about who has won 15 games than somebody everyone is raving about who has won five. I'm a baseball manager, not a statistician."

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, on analysts pointing out that Tigers ace Max Scherzer (19-2) has the second-highest run support of any major league pitcher.

"It felt like it was one of those dreams where you can't run fast enough."

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, who missed by inches on a diving catch that would have clinched a perfect game for Yusmeiro Petit on Friday.

"At first, I was just waiting for somebody to say we're pulling your leg here."

— Milwaukee Brewers fan Wes Aldridge, to WTMJ radio, on becoming one of the fans to get a phone call of apology from suspended slugger Ryan Braun.

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