Pitcher Zack Greinke, who signed a six-year, $147 million contract in the offseason, suffered a broken his left collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl between the Dodgers and Padres.
SAN DIEGO — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl with the San Diego Padres during Los Angeles’ 3-2 victory Thursday night.
Juan Uribe’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth put the Dodgers ahead, two innings after Greinke hit Carlos Quentin on the left shoulder with a pitch.
The slugger started walking toward the mound and Greinke appeared to say something. Quentin then charged the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner. They dropped their shoulders and collided, ending up at the bottom of a huge scrum.
When they were finally pulled apart, Quentin was led off the field by teammate Mark Kotsay. Greinke was checked by a trainer and manager Don Mattingly before walking toward the Dodgers’ dugout, his uniform top disheveled after it had been pulled over his head by Quentin.
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Greinke lowered his left (non-throwing) shoulder into Quentin and took the brunt of the blow as they collided. The right-hander, whose wife and in-laws were in the stands, joined the Dodgers as a free agent in the offseason, signing a $147 million, six-year contract.
After order was temporarily restored, the benches and bullpens emptied a few moments later. But it did not appear any punches were thrown.
Quentin and the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. were ejected.
Tuesday night, Quentin was hit by a pitch above the right wrist by Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and had to leave the game. He sat out Wednesday night’s game.
Cabrera’s basepath dash stokes Tigers’ fire
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera set the tone in the first inning, stealing third base before the opposing pitcher even started his motion.
On a chilly day when the ball didn’t appear to be carrying, the Detroit Tigers kept their legs moving.
Cabrera tripled and scored twice, and the Tigers knocked Toronto’s Josh Johnson out of the game with a five-run second inning in an 11-1 victory Thursday.
“Miggy stealing, getting a triple — we were running around a lot today,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said. “Had to. It was pretty cold outside.”
It was 35 degrees, the lowest game-time temperature for a Detroit home game since April 9, 1996, when the Mariners and Tigers played in 34-degree weather at old Tiger Stadium.
“It was definitely football weather out there,” Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter said. “You’re really not thinking about all that until you get jammed or hit one off the end (of the bat) and feel like your fingers are left there at the plate while you’re running to first.”
Former Mariners pitcher Doug Fister (2-0) wore short sleeves and allowed only a run and eight hits in eight innings for Detroit.
And Cabrera warmed things up in the first inning, going from second to third without a throw. By the time Johnson and the Blue Jays realized he was stealing, it was too late.
Twins digging out
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins are trying to not let a spring snowstorm keep them from playing this weekend.
Five inches of heavy, wet snow fell Thursday, and a crew of dozens worked to remove snow from Target Field. Twins President Dave St. Peter said work would continue overnight if necessary.
The Twins are scheduled to host the Mets Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s forecast high is 36 degrees.
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