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Dodgers still mad after brawl with Diamondbacks

Thursday - 6/13/2013, 7:18am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke winces after being hit with a pitch during the seventh inning of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers remained upset Wednesday about their brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and much of their ire was directed toward pitcher Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy hit Los Angeles rookie Yasiel Puig and pitcher Zack Greinke with high pitches Tuesday night, and a day later the Dodgers were still taking exception to where they were thrown.

"Anything like that is going to leave a lot of taste in people's mouths," manager Don Mattingly said.

Mattingly said he doesn't think Kennedy hit Puig deliberately. The ball deflected off the young slugger's shoulder and grazed his nose.

The pitch from Kennedy to Greinke deflected off his helmet and struck his upper left shoulder.

"The second ball is no doubt intentional," Mattingly said. "That's two balls thrown last night that could have ended guys' careers."

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson repeated his earlier denial that Kennedy was head-hunting Greinke.

"That's not our intent," he said.

The teams met in the series finale on Wednesday night, one night after their nasty fight led to six ejections, including Kennedy, Puig and Gibson.

"We had some guys on our team get heated and overreacted," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said.

Arizona catcher Miguel Montero had a different view.

"We both went at it, and it was kind of fun," he said.

No discipline by Major League Baseball was expected to be announced until at least Thursday. Both teams are off that day. The Dodgers open a nine-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Friday, while the Diamondbacks play the first of three games at San Diego.

The teams meet again in Arizona for three games from July 8-10.

In an amusing bit of timing, MLB announced Wednesday that the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will open the 2014 season against each other with a two-game series in Australia.

The fight was the second ugly one the Dodgers have been involved in this season. Greinke spent more than a month on the disabled list after breaking his collarbone in a brawl with Carlos Quentin after hitting the Padres outfielder with a pitch on April 11.

Puig was scratched Wednesday night with a strained right shoulder, although the Dodgers didn't immediately explain how he was hurt. He was a fiery presence in the fight, yelling and engaging in the scrum that nearly carried over to the stands.

"One thing we've learned from Yasiel is there's no half-speed," Mattingly said. "It's fast, hard and all the time, so I'm really not surprised."

Puig came into the game batting .500 just 1
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