The aftermath of the Padres-Dodgers brawl on Thursday left LA pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Greinke will miss eight weeks, while Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who was hit by a Greinke pitch and charged the mound, will miss eight games because of a suspension.
Is that fair?
No way, says Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who wants Quentin to miss as much time as Greinke.
But an informal survey in the Royals clubhouse found that Quentins punishment was fine.
Thats just baseball, pitcher James Shields said. If guys decide to come out (to the mound), thats just what happens sometimes. As a pitcher, youve got to try and stay away from injury as much as you possibly can in that situation. I think the rules are fine.
Greinke, who pitched for the Royals from 2004-10, twice hit Quentin, who was with the White Sox from 2008-11, during games and once threw a pitch near Quentins head.
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler couldnt remember any bad blood between the two, but Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle, who was with the White Sox from 2000-2011 did.
I guess he only hit him twice, Buehrle said. It just seemed like every time we played and he was pitching, he hit Quentin. It just seemed like every time. I dont know if it was coincidence or he was just pitching in or if it was on purpose, but it was a big build up from the years in Chicago whenever I was there.
But Buehrle doesnt think Quentins suspension should be any longer than the one handed down by Major League Baseball.
Obviously, playing with Quentin and knowing whats happened through the years, it was overdue (to happen), Buehrle said. He kind of mentioned that he was sick of getting hit by him. Its been brewing for a while, but just because something like that happened where he got hurt, no one else has ever been out for three months for being in a fight. Its the same suspension. Its just unfortunate something like that happened.
• The Dodgers Carl Crawford appears to be rejuvenated after a tough year and a half in Boston. He is batting .412 with a 1.091 OPS.
• Mets catcher John Buck, the former Royal, was leading the NL in homers (six) and RBIs (19) through Fridays games.
• Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter has seven multihit games this season through Fridays games.
• Its a small sample size, but Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has 2.455 WHIP this season. His career mark is 1.175.
• The Marlins were shut out four times in their first nine games. Since 1960, the only other teams that were shut out four times through their first nine were the 1963 New York Mets, 1981 Minnesota Twins and 2004 Montreal Expos.
• Brewers reliever John Axford has recorded 10 outs this year and allowed nine hits and nine earned runs.
• Through Friday, Rockies starters have gone 112 consecutive games without throwing at least 100 pitches. The last starter to crack the century mark was Jeremy Guthrie with 102 on June 12, 2012.
• The Giants have won 16 consecutive starts made by Barry Zito, and that is the longest by a Giants pitcher since 16 by Carl Hubbell for New York in 1936.
• According to ESPN, the Yankees 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play Friday against the Orioles was the first such triple play in major-league history.
• Justin Masterson is the first pitcher in major-league history to win consecutive starts against the reigning Cy Young Award winners from the previous season. Masterson beat NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey on opening day in Toronto, and in his second start he beat AL Cy Young winner David Price in Tampa Bay.
• Since Aramis Ramirez was injured, the Brewers have tried three players in the cleanup spot: Alex Gonzalez, Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy. They have combined to go one for 22 with one RBI (sacrifice fly) and one run scored.
• The Dodgers and Padres start a three-game series on Monday that will be must-see TV.
• The Tigers Torii Hunter is three home runs shy of 300 for his career.
• Bostons Joel Hanrahan is one save away from 100 for his career.
You need to know
• The Rangers are a bit concerned with their starting pitching depth, and it wouldnt be a surprise if they contact the Royals at some point this season. Bruce Chen or Luke Hochevar could draw interest
• Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who will retire at seasons end, is doing his own going-away tour. He is meeting with a select group of employees and fans from opposing teams at each stop he makes.
• Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley had a partially-torn ligament in his pitching elbow last year and seemed like a candidate for Tommy John surgery. But he had two platelet-rich plasma injections and rehabbed in the winter. The result? He returned this week and allowed one run in six innings against the Padres.
• The goats head that was delivered to Wrigley Field this week may have been in regards to the negotiations with city officials, area neighbors and the Cubs about ballpark improvements. One thing the Cubs want: more night games. They play 30 now per year and seek an increase to 40 to 55.
Words of wisdom
Im not changing gum after all these years because of the marketing department. I dont like that gum.
| An unnamed member of the Cubs bullpen after relief pitchers were told to stop chewing Double Bubble during games because the Cubs have an advertising deal with 5 Gum.