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Baker: Let Cueto, Garza fight it out

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Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters Monday that Reds ace Johnny Cueto and Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza should settle their feud by duking it out.

Garza took exception to Cueto's pitch that sailed over the head of Cubs hitter David DeJesus in the sixth inning Sunday and called Cueto immature after the game.

"If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is," Garza told reporters Sunday. "If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same. Hopefully, he grows ... up. I hope he hears this. I really don't care. I don't know if there's anything between him and (DeJesus), but I'll stop it. I don't think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don't want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is."

Baker said he has not talked to Cueto about the incident but said Cueto was not trying to hit DeJesus. Then, he suggested Cueto and Garza should be allowed to fight each other.

"Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with," Baker said. "I always said this, let it be like hockey, let them fight, someone hits the ground and it's over with. I'm serious about that."

Cueto was not available to reporters before Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Baker said Garza's anger probably had more to do with his pitching performance in which he allowed four runs in four innings.
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