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May 4, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Wakamatsu pre-game quotes

Sorry this is a little belated….technical difficulties.
Don Wakamatsu on Griffey: “He was in the lineup but he’s not feeling well. It’s something that we think will be short-term. We look for him to be in the lineup tomorrow.”
On the status of the bullpen after Sunday’s 15-inning game: “The bullpen’s actually in pretty good shape, other than Batista, who threw 65 pitches, and Vargas. Everybody else is available. Even thought the game went that long, we’re actually in pretty good shape.
On his mood after two walkoff wins over Oakland: “To be down three runs and fight and claw and not give up in a game where you could easily, it shows a lot of character. These guys have a belief system that we have a chance to win every ballgame as long as we play the whole ballgame.”
On possible momentum heading into this series with Texas: “We’re going to play some good teams this year. I don’t want to get too involved in who we’re playing or where we’re playing as much as let’s go out and play again like we did last night. The hard thing about this game is the twists and turns and emotion, and we try to eliminate that as much as possible and not give up.
“When you’re up, you can get to where you’re too confident and forget what you’re trying to do. We talked about it again today. Let’s pressurize, play good defense and attack the hitters. Everybody we play has strengths that we have to overcome.”
On Jason Vargas’s role: “I was really impressed with the fact that he wasn’t afraid of anything. He pitched aggressively, he challenged hitters and threw strikes. You’d like to be able to ease him into it, but we threw him into the fire.”
On whether he would hesitate to use Vargas in the rotation if a spot opens up (cough, Carlos Silva, cough): “Not after what I saw yesterday.”

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