Zack Greinke's pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin's upper left arm, and it was on.
A little personal history was at play, as were rules that aren't in any rule book.
Now the Dodgers will be without their $147 million pitcher for about eight weeks, and Quentin has been suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball.
After Quentin got hit, the San Diego Padres' slugger took a few steps onto the grass. When Greinke, Los Angeles' prize offseason signing, appeared to say something, Quentin tossed his bat aside and rushed the mound.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Greinke dropped his glove and the two players lowered their shoulders. The 6-2, 240-pound Quentin who as a high school senior was named his league's defensive player of the year as an outside linebacker slammed into the pitcher.
Quentin and Greinke ended up at the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in. Greinke took the brunt of the blow, breaking his left collarbone and inciting a fight that didn't even end when the game was over.
"It's a man's game on the field," Quentin said. "Thoughts aren't present when things like this happen."
Quentin said later that getting plunked by pitches by Greinke during the 2008 and 2009 seasons was justification enough to charge the mound when it happened again.
If Greinke hadn't said anything, "There's a chance I don't" rush the mound, Quentin said. "Like I said, there is a history there, which is the reason I reacted like I did. "
The Dodgers were vehement that Greinke wouldn't put a runner on base leading off an inning in a one-run game. Greinke's body language momentarily appeared like he regretted that he hit Quentin. But the fact he threw his glove down and said something perhaps indicated that he felt he had the right to the inside of the plate.
The Dodgers' Matt Kemp, among four players ejected after the brawl, confronted Quentin as they left Petco Park following L.A.'s 3-2 win. Big Padres lefty Clayton Richard stepped between the two, and police and security moved in to break it up.
A-Rod tied to file purchases
Investigators for Major League Baseball have uncovered what they believe is evidence that a representative of Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records from a person connected to a south Florida anti-aging clinic that is suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The New York Times reported online Thursday that Major League Baseball had purchased documents from a former employee at the clinic, which operated under the name Biogenesis of America and is now closed, in an effort to uncover evidence that would link the clinic to the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. The article also stated that one major league player had also purchased clinic documents from a former clinic employee so that they could be destroyed. On Friday, when the two people said it was Rodriguez, the 37-year-old Yankees third baseman currently rehabilitating from off-season hip surgery.
A spokesman for Rodriguez flatly denied the allegation Friday.
Indians' Carrasco suspended
Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for hitting New York's Kevin Youkilis with a pitch. Carrasco drilled Youkilis in the fourth inning of the Yankees' 14-1 win on Tuesday, one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to Robinson Cano.