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Zack Greinke injured in bench-clearing Dodgers-Padres brawl after pitch hits Carlos Quentin

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Things got ugly in the sixth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres game Thursday night when Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pegged Carlos Quentin. After a bench-clearing brawl, Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone, which is his non-throwing arm.

No timetable has been announced, but an injury like that typically takes six-to-eight weeks to rehab. The clash continued after the game. Matt Kemp faced off with Quentin and Padres teammate Clayton Richard while leaving the stadium, and both sides pointed blame at each other during interviews.

Here's how it all started: Quentin charged the mound. Greinke tossed his glove and lowered his shoulder. The two of them crashed into each other like it was a football game. The benches cleared. Bullpens too. Things calmed down a bit, while players, coaches and umpires yelled at each other. Then the two sides attempted a Round 2.

[Related: Photos from the Dodgers-Padres brawl]

Matt Kemp was very visibly upset — he was almost hit earlier in the game. Angry Matt Kemp gave us the best moment in all this ugly. That's Dodgers announcer Vin Scully quoting Kemp as saying "That's fertilizer" when he's very obviously saying something more explicit. Scully was in classic form here, calling the fight as if it were a boxing match.

Quentin, Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. were ejected. Greinke was too, but would have otherwise left because of his injury. The Dodgers went on to win the game 3-2 after an eighth inning Juan Uribe home run.

Greinke and Quentin have history with each other. Greinke's hit Quentin three times, including a 2009 beaning that almost led to a fight. Here's video. Quentin has been hit a league-high 97 times since 2008.

Greinke said he didn't hit Quentin on purpose. Here's his quote on that, plus the best moments from a wild night of post-game interviews:

Indeed, the Dodgers and Padres do meet again on Monday, which is Jackie Robinson Day in baseball.

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