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Reds and Cubs put Cueto-Garza incident in past

Reds and Cubs put Cueto-Garza incident in past

Reds and Cubs put Cueto-Garza incident in past

CHICAGO -- Both the Cubs and Reds would like to put any bad blood to rest as they start a four-game series this week at Wrigley Field.

The last time the teams met -- May 26 in Cincinnati -- Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus' head with a four-run lead in the sixth inning. Cueto received a warning from home-plate umpire Bob Davidson. Cubs pitcher Matt Garza took exception to the play, and the Cubs went on to win.

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"Cueto should learn, you don't go after guys' heads," Garza said after the incident. "Don't wake a sleeping dog. I think that's kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He's lucky that retaliation isn't in our vocabulary."

Both teams' managers downplayed the incident on Monday. Asked if he expected any repercussions, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said no.

"There's nothing to that whole situation," Sveum said.

Garza will pitch in the second game of the series on Tuesday. Cueto, on the disabled list, will not face the Cubs this time around.

Reds manager Dusty Baker, who said the following day that Garza should address the situation personally with Cueto and that the two could settle it with a fight, said the incident is "over."

"I think Johnny got fined for it," Baker said. "So, all we can do is play ball. And whoever wants to do something, it's their prerogative if they want to. … I don't even know Garza. Never spoke to him in my life."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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