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Carpenter: No Excuse for Cueto's Kicking Fit
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chris Carpenter had little reaction about getting fined for his part in a brawl between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

He had more angry words, though, for Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who kicked several St. Louis players and gave Jason LaRue a slight concussion on Tuesday.

Carpenter said Friday, the day after penalties were assessed by Major League Baseball, that Cueto was the only player trying to hurt anyone. Carpenter said anyone who used such tactics on the street would be dealt with harshly.

Carpenter was fined an undisclosed amount after his yelling match with Reds manager Dusty Baker led to what he called a "melee." He said the worst part of the aftermath was not the scratches on his back or neck from where Cincinnati's Scott Rolen grabbed him in an apparent peace making move, but trying to explain it all to his 7-year-old son.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was set to serve the first game of a two-game suspension in the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. La Russa, who was in uniform before the game, wasn't sure where he'd be watching the game.

Cueto was suspended for seven games. Baker also was suspended for two games and both he and La Russa were fined undisclosed amounts. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and two other Reds players, second baseman Brandon Phillips and reliever Russ Springer, also were fined.

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