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Cardinals rookie off to a hot start

The Dodgers’ and Padres’ benches cleared after Carlos Quentin was hit by pitch thrown by L.A.’s Zack Greinke. (Associated Press)
The Dodgers’ and Padres’ benches cleared after Carlos Quentin was hit by pitch thrown by L.A.’s Zack Greinke. (Associated Press)

San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin rushed the mound and wrestled Los Angeles Dodgers right- hander Zack Greinke to the ground after getting hit by a pitch Thursday night, leading to a benches- clearing brawl between the teams that left Greinke with a broken left collarbone.

After he was plunked on the left shoulder in the sixth inning, Quentin started walking toward the mound. Greinke appeared to say something and Quentin then charged the 2009 A.L. Cy Young Award winner.

They dropped their shoulders and collided, and Quentin tackled the pitcher to the grass. Both ended up on the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in.

Greinke lowered his left (non-throwing) shoulder into Quentin and took the brunt of the blow as they collided. Greinke joined the Dodgers as a free agent in the offseason, signing a $147 million, six-year contract. He missed time during spring training with a tender right elbow. Quentin was slowed by a balky right knee after having offseason surgery.

Beckham needs surgery on wrist

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is expected to miss about six weeks because of a broken bone in his left wrist.

General manager Rick Hahn said before Chicago’s loss at Washington that an MRI showed Beckham hurt the left hamate bone. He’ll need surgery.

Beckham said he first felt pain in the wrist while fouling off a pitch in the second inning of Chicago’s 8-7 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Despite snow, Twins hope to take field

The Minnesota Twins are trying to not let a spring snowstorm prevent them from playing the New York Mets this weekend at Target Field.

About five inches of heavy, wet snow fell Thursday in the Twin Cities area, and a crew of dozens worked throughout the morning, afternoon and evening to remove snow from the seating bowl and other areas at the ballpark.

Former manager, player Hatton dies

Grady Hatton, a former major league third baseman who managed the Houston Astros in the 1960s, died. He was 90.

Alyssa Hatton, his granddaughter, said Hatton died from the effects of old age at his home in Warren, Texas.