Potent quotables: Ortiz goes deep

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“That’s how you getting back to
hitting balls and start hitting well, put a good swing on a ball. Even
though you don’t get the good luck, it will come.”

– David Ortiz on his first multi-hit game since May 20.
In the sixth inning of Saturday’s 8-1 win over the Rangers he wrapped a
line drive around the “Pesky Pole” for his second home run in 194
at-bats this season — one that wouldn’t have left any other stadium in
the majors.

“Being honest — I don’t care what he said. I believe we’re a better team than them. I don’t care what he said.”

– Carlos Beltran, as the war of words with Adam LaRoche continues.

“My responsibility as a manager is to
25 guys, and the Florida Marlins, not just one guy. We’re trying to get
the win for the club.”

– Fredi Gonzalez on closer Matt Lindstrom, who was pulled in favor of Leo Nunez
after loading the bases with a three-run lead against the Giants on
Saturday. Nunez gave up a single Aaron Rowand to cut the lead to one
run, but was able to strike out Edgar Renteria to end it. Lindstrom is
11-for-13 in save opportunities this season, but has a 6.17 ERA and
1.84 WHIP.

“He’ll always be my guy. His stuff is
good. There’s nothing wrong with his stuff. His stuff is good. I think
it’s important for him to keep his confidence. I think the opposite of
how some other people think. My way of thinking is if you rest him or
do something else with him or put him somewhere else, I think that can
hurt his confidence. I’m speaking right from my heart. That’s how I
look at it because I played 20 years. I think I do know a little bit
about it. His stuff is still good.”

– Charlie Manuel gives a vote of confidence to his closer Brad Lidge following another blown save
against the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon. Lidge has blown six saves in
19 chances this season after going a perfect 41-for-41 last season.

“That first inning I was very
excited. I wasn’t pitching at all. I was just throwing. After that, I
was able to settle down and minimize damage. I hadn’t been out there in
a long time.”

– Kelvim Escobar on his first start since 2007
on Saturday against the Tigers. Escobar struggled with his command in
the first inning, allowing two quick runs. He struck out five over five
innings, but also walked four and threw just 51 of his 92 pitches for
strikes. Escobar missed all of 2008 following shoulder surgery.

Mets leaning on Jay Bruce, Neil Walker as Lucas Duda insurance

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12:  Pinch hitter Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out for the first out of the ninth inning against Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 5-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Mets have begun working outfielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Neil Walker at first base as potential insurance in the event Lucas Duda continues to experience back discomfort, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Duda has been sidelined recently due to back spasms and missed all but 47 games last season as a result of a stress fracture in his lower back.

Manager Terry Collins spoke about Bruce’s work at first base on Sunday, saying, “I liked everything I saw today. “It looks like he’s got the athleticism, he’s got the hands, he’s got the arm angle. He made some throws in our drills that you wouldn’t expect an outfielder to be able to make, but yet he does. If that’s where we have to go, I think we’ll be fine.”

Bruce has only three games’ worth of experience at first base at the major league level, but still has high expectations for himself. He said, “I am going to work at it. I want to give myself a chance and the team a chance. I am not going to go over there and be a butcher. It’s just not the way I go about my business on the baseball field and it wouldn’t be fair to the team if I wasn’t capable to do it, so I am going to work at it and we’ll see what happens.”

The Mets made Bruce available via trade over the offseason but didn’t get an offer that whet their appetite. As a result, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out in the Mets’ crowded outfield.

Jason Kipnis diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after scoring a run on a wild pitch thrown by Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days.

There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program.

Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs, where they were eventually stopped, as he provided a .741 OPS including four homers and eight RBI in 15 playoff games.