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“People were saying in the pile, they’ve got history,” Kemp said. “Come on guys, history? I mean, Greinke’s trying to win games. He’s not trying to hit anybody on purpose. If you look at the video, if you look at where Quentin actually stands on the plate, he gives the pitcher no space to even come inside. Good pitchers have to come inside. Sometimes they miss their spots. Greinke missed his spot right there. That’s when he hit Carlos Quentin. No big deal. Take it like a man and walk down to first base. But he had to charge the mound. Now one of our best pitchers is hurt for no reason.”
“I wasn’t like crazy mad. It just made sense, kind of an eye for an eye thing, but that’s not my job,” said Mattingly, who added that he spoke with MLB executive vice president Joe Torre.
“We’re trying to win games. We’re not MMA fighters or things like that. We’re trying to win baseball games.”
“I think this is more about their personal relationship as competitors,” San Diego manager Bud Black said Friday. “This is something that I don’t think any of us can really understand Carlos‘ emotions, how a player feels in the batter’s box in a situation like this. `’
Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, had his left arm in a sling and a dazed look on his face as he told his side of the story.
“I never hit him on purpose,” said Greinke, who still appeared shaken after the game. “I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but that’s not the case. That’s all I can really say about it.”
The teams play another three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday night.
After the teams started going back to the dugouts and bullpens following the brawl, Hairston came running across the field yelling and pointing at someone in the San Diego dugout and had to be restrained. Hairston claimed a Padres player _ whom he wouldn’t name _ was making fun of the fact Greinke had been injured.
Padres backup catcher John Baker said he heard the Dodgers accused him of inciting the second melee. Baker said he helped pull Greinke out of the fight. Baker and Black said they didn’t know until the ninth inning that Greinke had broken his collarbone.
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