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Cubs’ David DeJesus talks with Reds’ Johnny Cueto, says incident over

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Updated: June 12, 2013 8:26PM

Cubs pitcher Matt Garza didn’t exactly get the last word against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday
after calling out Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto 2½ weeks ago for throwing over teammate David DeJesus’ head during a game in Cincinnati. Garza was roughed up for nine runs and nine hits in five-plus innings in the Cubs’ 12-2 loss.

But DeJesus had a chance to talk with Cueto before the game at Wrigley Field when the two had an unexpected meeting in right field as DeJesus headed to the cage for early batting practice.

‘‘I was like, ‘So what’s up with that?’ ’’ DeJesus said of their brief conversation. ‘‘He’s like, ‘I wasn’t trying to hit you.’ But he never really gave me a reason why he did it.’’

DeJesus said Cueto seemed puzzled Garza blasted him in his postgame comments that day. Garza said Cueto needs to ‘‘grow the hell up’’ and ‘‘he knows where to find my locker.’’

But DeJesus, who seemed to anger Cueto by taking a lot of time during his at-bat, said the incident was over.

‘‘I don’t hold grudges,’’ DeJesus said. ‘‘But I know if he wanted to hit me, he would have hit me. It had to have been a statement: Get in the box. But I told him, ‘I’m going to do my thing, and I hope you respect that, too.’ And he was cool with it.’’

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