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Matt Garza tells Johnny Cueto to 'grow the hell up'

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Matt Garza was not pleased with Johnny Cueto on Sunday.
Matt Garza was not pleased with Johnny Cueto on Sunday. (USATSI)

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In Sunday's Cubs-Reds game, Cubs starter Matt Garza hit Reds third baseman Todd Frazier with a pitch following a Jay Bruce home run in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over the head of Cubs leadoff man David DeJesus. And after the game, Garza went off on Cueto to reporters.

"That just goes to show, don't wake a sleeping dog," Garza said (AP). "That's immature on his part. ... If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same. Hopefully, he learns to grow the hell 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."

Cueto had left the clubhouse before reporters got a chance to check up with him, but Reds manager Dusty Baker had a response.

“Take care of it, then,” Baker said (cincinnati.com). “You know what I mean? I mean, he couldn't hit Wilt Chamberlain with that pitch. I haven't talked to Johnny about it. I don't think there's any bad blood between them.”

And more (cincinnati.com):

“Just put them in a room, let them box and let it be over with. 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.”

The Cubs and Reds next face each other for a four-game series June 10-13 in Wrigley Field. Hopefully, Cueto and Garza are still lined up to face off again.

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