Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Dodgers still fuming a day after brawl

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers remained upset Wednesday about their brawl with the Diamondbacks, and much of their ire was directed toward RHP Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy hit Los Angeles rookie OF Yasiel Puig and RHP 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 again 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 LHP Clayton Kershaw said.

In other Dodgers news, Puig was scratched Wednesday with a strained right shoulder. And Mattingly announced that RHP Kenley Jansen will be his closer, replacing struggling RHP Brandon League.

BIOGENESIS CASE: A Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit Major League Baseball filed against a South Florida clinic operator and his associates alleged to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes, espn.com reported. Judge Ronald Dresnick denied a motion by Carlos Acevedo, who was named in a civil suit along with Biogenesis operator Tony Bosch and five others, as MLB tries to make them provide information on players connected to the defunct clinic.

AUSSIE OPENER: The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will open the 2014 season in Sydney, Australia, Australia's the Daily Telegraph reported.

SUSPENSIONS: MLB suspended Giants RHP George Kontos for three games and manager Bruce Bochy for one for throwing at Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday.

ANGELS: RHP Joe Blanton, who is 1-10 with a 5.87 ERA, will be skipped in his scheduled start Sunday.

CARDINALS: RHP Jake Westbrook, out since May 12 with elbow inflammation, is set to come off the disabled list and rejoin the rotation Friday.

GIANTS: 2B Marco Scutaro suffered tendon damage in his left pinkie finger after being hit by a pitch Tuesday night but hopes to play through it.

PADRES: CF Cameron Maybin went on the DL with a posterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee. He's expected to miss 6-10 weeks.

RED SOX: RHP Clay Buchholz played catch for the first time since leaving his start Saturday with what the team called "neck tightness."

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