Dodgers don't plan to retaliate
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers, aware of the spotlight on them for Jackie Robinson Day, said before Monday night's game with the San Diego Padres that there would be no retaliation for last week's brawl that led to pitcher Zack Greinke breaking his left collarbone.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he received a phone call from MLB executive vice president Joe Torre reminding him of the context of Monday's contest, the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.
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"I said, 'OK, have you got warnings for me or something?' " Mattingly said. "[Torre] said, 'No, I just wanted to make sure we keep perspective today, Jackie Robinson Day.' We're here to win the game, to be honest with you."
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who was in the middle of last Thursday's scrum with the Padres, said he doesn't expect further hostility on Monday's anniversary.
Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter, Sharon and son, David, all were scheduled to attend the game. Kemp spent part of Monday visiting a Pasadena middle school with Sharon Robinson.
"There are more important things than thinking about retaliation or whatever people think is going to happen," Kemp said. "I don't want fans in the stands going crazy thinking we should get payback for what the Padres did to or or what we did to them. You don't want to see anybody get hurt.
"There's more to life than retaliating for something that, when you look at it and the things Jackie did for us and what he had to go through, it's not that big a deal."
Greinke was injured when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being struck in the left shoulder by a pitch. It was the third time in his career that Greinke had hit Quentin with a pitch.
Quentin, serving an eight-game suspension for the incident, was not at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
"I'm sure if he was playing, obviously things are escalated a little bit," Mattingly said.
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