Reds’ Baker upset over Lowe’s comments

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 on Wednesday night.

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

both benches were warned.

Lowe suggested after the game that the inside fastball was a

payback for a personal issue between him and Baker from a few years

ago. Lowe wouldn’t talk about the issue.

Lowe said he has ”zero respect for the guy,” and suggested

reporters should ask Baker about the matter.

Baker became angry when addressing Lowe’s comments before the

final game of the intrastate series on Thursday morning, saying the

pitcher had it wrong. He also dropped a hint about the nature of

the issue.

”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, OK?” Baker said with an edge

to his voice.

Baker acknowledged having Latos throw inside to Lowe, but said

it didn’t involve any personal issue between the two of them.

Rather, it was retaliation for Lowe hitting Joey Votto in the back

during a game in 2009 at Great American Ball Park, when Lowe was

with Atlanta. Players from both teams were hit during that

series.

”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. Understand what I’m saying?

Nobody hit him. But then he hit our guy.

”And what he was talking about was something that he said and

did a few years ago. You’ve got to ask him what that was.

Understand? And he got a lot of people involved in the situation

that didn’t need to be involved in the situation.”

Baker declined to be any more specific about it, leaving that up

to Lowe.

”Since he’s such a big man, wants to run his mouth, tell him to

run his mouth about himself,” Baker said.

The Reds manager said that when Lowe looked at him in the dugout

after the inside pitch, he waved his finger back to send a message

about hitting Votto.

”That means don’t mess with me or my team, that’s what that

means,” Baker said.

When Lowe arrived at Great American Ball Park on Thursday before

the final game of the series, a 12-5 Reds win, he was called into a

meeting with manager Manny Acta. Lowe said he was aware of Baker’s

response, but wasn’t going to say anything more.

”I’m not saying anything about it,” Lowe said. ”I don’t care

what he said today. I’m not saying anything.”

Acta also declined to comment, saying, ”I’m not into

gossiping.”

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