CINCINNATI — An inside pitch to Indians starter Derek Lowe and comments he made afterward about Dusty Baker have the Reds manager riled up.
Cincinnati starter Mat Latos threw an inside fastball to Lowe during the fifth inning of Cincinnati's 5-3 win Wednesday. Lowe gestured toward Baker, who shook his finger back at him. Lowe hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch in the bottom of the inning, and benches were warned.
Lowe suggested afterward that the inside fastball was a payback for a personal issue with Baker from a few years ago. Lowe wouldn't talk about the issue.
Lowe said he has "zero respect for the guy."
Baker became angry Thursday, saying the pitcher had it wrong.
"He don't respect himself because the word was that whatever he did and said, there was probably a good chance he was drinking at the ballpark at that time three or four years ago, so he don't remember what he said or what he did, okay?" Baker said.
Baker acknowledged having Latos throw inside to Lowe, but said it didn't involve any personal issue. Rather, it was retaliation for Lowe hitting Joey Votto in the back in 2009, when Lowe was with Atlanta.
"I'm not denying nothing," Baker said. "I didn't order anybody to hit him, but I told him to buzz him and make him uncomfortable. That's what happened. … Nobody hit him. But then he hit our guy."
Torre back to dugout: Former manager turned MLB executive vice president Joe Torre, 72, will manage the United States at the World Baseball Classic that begins with qualifiers in September. Torre will keep his duties at MLB during the WBC.
Mets: The team is appealing to have B.J. Upton's hit Wednesday off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey changed to an error on 3B David Wright, but Dickey is not sure how he would feel if he gets the franchise's second no-hitter that way: "Part of me thinks it would be cheap," he said.
Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton is out for the season after surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Yankees: LF Brett Gardner, on the DL since April, will be out at least another three to four weeks because of his injured right elbow, ESPN.com reported.