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Rich Harden sparkles in his major league debut. Aramis Ramirez apparently thinks he's been traded to the Braves. Sadly, George Brett may be better known for pine tar than for being one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history. Brendan Donnelly gave up a run, a sure sign that the apocalypse is near. Mike Hargrove has an exceptional grasp of the obvious. These and other pontifications in The Week In Quotes.

"I was a little nervous at first... but once I settled down, everything went pretty well."
--Rich Harden, Athletics pitcher, on his major-league debut

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The week in quotes from George Brett, Lou Piniella, Lenny Dykstra and more.

THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

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August 10, 2000 12:00 am

Doctoring the Numbers

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Rany Jazayerli

Rick Ankiel is living up to the hype. With his performance Monday night, he lowered his ERA to an impressive 4.01 and, more impressively, has now struck out 130 batters in just 119 innings pitched.

To put that in perspective, 78 pitchers in history have struck out at least a man an inning while qualifying for the ERA title. Of those 78, only one was younger than Ankiel is--Dwight Gooden, who set the major-league record for strikeouts per nine innings as a 19-year-old rookie in 1984. Ankiel turned 21 on July 19, which qualifies him as a 20-year-old this season; Kerry Wood was one month older than Ankiel when he turned the trick in 1998.

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``It's special this year that George Brett, Robin Yount and Nolan Ryan can enjoy the moment in their first year of eligibility. They are three guys I greatly admire. I think they earned the right to go in the first year.''

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