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“When emotions run so high, logic and reason don’t necessarily win out right afterward,” Baker said.

Quentin has been hit by pitches 116 times in his career, including an AL-high 23 times in 2011 with the White Sox. Greinke has hit 46 batters since his big league debut in 2004.

Quentin has been plunked more often than any other major league hitter since the start of 2008.

When it comes to the unwritten rules of baseball, Baker said he has one.

“People charging the mound has been part of the game for 100 years. People have to stand up for themselves in certain situations. The unwritten rule that I follow is that if your teammate feels the need to stand up for himself, it’s your responsibility as a teammate to support him.”

In Oakland, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said: “My only reaction is I’m tired of seeing it. It’s been on 1,000 times a day. That stuff has been going on for 1,000 years in baseball, plain and simple. End of the conversation.”


AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland and AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this report.