Potent quotables: Dusty Baker is embarrassed

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“This is embarrassing. It’s like pitiful to watch. This is terrible.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker, after rookie Mat Latos and two relievers combined for a one-hitter
against his club on Wednesday night. The slipping Reds have dropped
eight of their last 10 games and are currently nine games behind the
first-place Cardinals.

“I’ll definitely be able to sleep tonight.”

Orioles rookie pitcher Chris Tillman puts things in perspective
after allowing three runs (all on solo homers) over 4 2/3 innings in
his major league debut against the Royals on Wednesday night.

”I understand and sympathize with
the fans. But fans think in the moment. A general manager has to keep
one eye on the moment and one eye on building championship teams for
the future. If I didn’t make tough decisions like this, we wouldn’t
have guys like Cliff Lee in the first place.”

– After dealing ace Cliff Lee, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro goes the high road by reminding us all that he knows better than the fans.

“Maybe I can come off the bench and get a hit at a key point and win a game or two down the stretch.”

– The rehabbing Troy Glaus, who now sounds like a former high-school football player who wants to relive his glory days.
Yes, Glaus still wears his letterman jacket and yes, he still thinks he
can throw this football over those mountains. It just might hurt
afterwords.

“Giving up a homer with two outs to the pitcher isn’t just disappointing, it’s pathetic.”

– Kenshin Kawakami expresses his frustration (via his interpreter) after serving up a three-run homer to opposing pitcher Josh Johnson on Wednesday night.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.