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Potent quotabes: Lidge is puzzled

“It’s puzzling. It doesn’t mean that it’s crazy, because this is baseball. The ball’s not bouncing the right way. Last year, it bounced the right way every time.”

- With Brad Lidge’slatest implosion against the Braves on Saturday, he became the fifth player since 1954 to have a loss, blown save and two errors in one game. Wow. By the way, if you are into crazy statistics like this,follow STATS LLC on Twitter.

“I sent him a letter over there to tell him best wishes, get well soon and I hope to see him back out there. I just wanted to go up there and see for myself if he was doing OK or if I could hear anything about him talking or just to show that I care about people. You don’t want to see that happen to anyone. It was just unfortunate.”

- Rusty Ryal aftera line drive off his bat hit Hiroki Kuroda in the head on Saturday night. Fortunately, Kuroda never lost consciousness and a CT scan came back negative.

“With 48 hours to go, I simply have no idea whether we’re going to be able to reach a deal.”

- Nationals president Stan Kastenas the clock continues to tick with No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg.

“I have two things, try and get hitters out and make a good throw. The rest is out of my hands. That’s some of the best throws I can make. They might not be good enough.’'

- Jason Varitek,after the Rangers ran roughshod over him for eight stolen bases on Saturday night. The Red Sox have allowed 118 steals this season by far the most in the majors -- the White Sox are second with 101 allowed. David Pinto of Baseball Musings has a pretty good argument why this might not matter.