I think it's my best outing in a major league uniform.
I've got a lot of respect for the Yankees, but I think it's just coincidence I pitched well against them. Both games were big games and we needed that. Hopefully I can bring this game against every team I face.
I'm being aggressive and throwing strikes, ... Finally, it's coming together.
The first thing I do after a game is call my mom or brother or someone, and I don't know how they do it, but they get the information before I can tell them, ... It's pretty funny.
[He paused and looked up to make eye contact, expressing sincerity that needed no translation.] When I go out to pitch, I go out to pitch not only for the fans here in Chicago but my fans in Cuba and the Cuban people, ... I represent something bigger than just pitching for one team.
Since the first day I walked into the clubhouse, everybody believed in me.
I don't feel that I am the lost stopper on the staff. I just feel that every time that I go out, I can win the game.
It's a big difference, ... You have that extra support when you look into the stands and see your wife and kids.
Since the first day I walked into the clubhouse, everyone believed in me and had confidence in me, ... Even the language barrier. The manager not only speaks Spanish, he's my friend. He gives me a lot of confidence.
My success is a lot due to Cooper and the patience he's had with me since last year and through the first half.
After the All-Star break there were trade rumors that were bothering me, ... But Ozzie and Cooper gave me the confidence and took the pressure away from me and I tried to work as hard as I could with my stuff and my mental state.
I just worked more on my mental and physical health, ... The trade rumors were bothering me.