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.

Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.

David Price’s season debut could be pushed back to May

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David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.

Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:

[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.

The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.