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The Los Angeles Dodgers' $147 million investment in Zack Greinke was put at risk Thursday night because of an apparent grudge going back to a Kansas City Royals-Chicago White Sox rivalry.
San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after Greinke hit him with a 3-2 pitch as the leadoff batter in the sixth inning of a 2-1 game, igniting a benches-clearing melee. Greinke almost certainly wasn't trying to hit Quentin on purpose, given the count and closeness of the game.
Apparently that didn't matter to Quentin -- who has a long memory.
The two used to see one another frequently in the American League Central. In fact, Quentin has faced Greinke more often than all but two pitchers -- Justin Verlander and Nick Blackburn. Quentin entered the night with a .250 batting average in his career against Greinke (6-for-24).
Greinke also hit Quentin with two pitches.
That didn't put Greinke in exclusive company. Before Thursday, 14 other pitchers had hit Quentin twice. Blackburn (four), Jon Lester (three) and Erik Bedard (three) had done so even more frequently.
But it seems Quentin has particular contempt for Greinke. After the benches cleared, Oney Guillen -- son of Quentin's former manager, Ozzie Guillen -- tweeted: "greinke has hit carlos many many times. look it up. told me long long time ago. if he does it again im going for him. that was like 09"
Four years later, that is precisely what happened. Quentin, Greinke, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Matt Kemp were ejected as a result. And now the Dodgers' concern will shift to Greinke, who absorbed a football-style shoulder blow from Quentin in front of the mound. Greinke stood his ground and made sure the contact came on his left (non-pitching) side.
Quentin is a frequent victim of hit-by-pitches, having led the majors in the category during each of the past two seasons. That's partially explained by the fact that he stands very close to the plate.
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A brawl between the Dodgers and Padres left high-priced pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken left collarbone.
Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year contract with Los Angeles last winter, was injured in a fight with San Diego slugger Carlos Quentin.
Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner. Both benches emptied and...
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Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch from Zack Greinke, inciting a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Greinke had a full count on Quentin with the bases empty and the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the sixth when he plunked the Padres outfielder in the left arm. Quentin...
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Carlos Quentin has reason to think that his getting hit by a pitch was intentional. But Zack Greinke also has plenty of reason to prove it was not.
Either way, the benches emptied twice Thursday night for one of the biggest brawls in recent Major League Baseball history, with Greinke taking home a broken collarbone and Quentin finally relieving his aggression after getting plunked...
San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound, breaking Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's collarbone in the ensuing brawl.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres had a heated affair last night in California after Carlos Quentin took exception to being plunked by Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke. Quentin charged the mound in the 6th inning after being struck in the left shoulder on a full count pitch while the Padres trailed the Dodgers 2-1 on the score board. That was the third time in his career...
The Dodgers and Padres didn’t just fight on the field Thursday, they also had some words after the game ended.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who was ejected for his role in the benches-clearing brawl, got into it with Carlos Quentin after the game. The confrontation reportedly occurred by the tunnel outside the locker rooms.
The Mighty 1090′s Marty Caswell says the two were...
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has confronted San Diego's Carlos Quentin as they were leaving Petco Park after the teams had a bench-clearing brawl that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone.
Kemp asked Quentin why he charged Greinke after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players' exit and the two went nose-to...
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has confronted San Diego's Carlos Quentin as they were leaving Petco Park after the teams had a bench-clearing brawl that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone.
Kemp asked Quentin why he charged Greinke after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night. Kemp walked up to Quentin near the players' exit and the...