PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the desert, a trip that inevitably recalls their big brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the last series between the NL West rivals.
Players from both sides say the blowup, while not forgotten, has been pushed aside in their thoughts as the teams begin a three-game series Monday night.
“We’ve got more important things to worry about than buzzing somebody or fighting,” Arizona outfielder Cody Ross said.
Some of the Dodgers vowed after the June 11 incident that it wasn’t over.
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“Right now I’m not sitting here thinking about Arizona,” Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell said. “We got our tussling in and our fighting, so (it’s a) clean slate in my book. But if something pops off, it’s just the way it goes.”
Zack Greinke, the Dodgers pitcher on that fateful evening, starts Monday’s series opener. Ian Kennedy, who drew a 10-game suspension after he hit Yasiel Puig and Greinke with high inside pitches, triggering the melee, goes for Arizona on Tuesday.
The bench-clearing fracas drew eight suspensions from Major League Baseball.
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