ANAHEIM, Calif. - The best of Ozzie from Saturday:
Guillen on his hitters failing to beat pitchers they have seen for the first time - "I mean you're not going to take anything away from the pitching staffs that we've faced, but we've been facing some pitchers this year it's like, 'Who the [expletive] is this guy? They don't even belong in the [bleeping] big leagues and they just kicked our ass.' I'm not going to lie to anybody. I know who beat us and I know who should beat us. We've faced some guys where they've called him up, faced us, and get him back to [bleeping] Double A, get the [bleep] out of here. That's how bad we've been.''
Guillen on Alex Rios - "What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs. The only batting ninth guy making $5 million was me. This mother [bleeper] is making $10, $12, $14 million, he ain't going to be batting ninth [in 2010]. I'm going to make sure he earns his money. But right now I have to put him there because he's struggling. Next year, if we have Rios batting ninth we're in deep [crap] once again.''
Guillen on his lineup - "I wish somebody ... I mean whoever swings the bat better is in the first three, [Scott] Podsednik, [Gordon] Beckham and A.J. [Pierzynski] right now, but after that, God. [Alexei] Ramirez has been up and down, but it's tough because you want to get those guys going. Like [Alex] Rios, 'OK, let's move Rios down to relax a little bit, don't let him carry the load.' [Chris] Getz, we can hit and run with him down in the lineup. We do so many things to try and help them mentally.
"I put J.D. [Jermaine Dye] down at six and it didn't help. And when this team doesn't score, this team looks very, very, very bad. Very slow, no energy, but it's not because we don't have that, it's because we're not hitting. When we hit it's like, 'Oh, OK here we go.' ''