Tempers Flare Between Dodgers and Diamondbacks

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It may be the dog days of the baseball season, but the Diamondbacks showed plenty of “bark” on Friday night. After coming from behind to beat the Dodgers 3-2 in 11-innings. both benches cleared though no punches were thrown.  At one point Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was yelling back and forth with Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray.  “I was just minding my own business,” Ray told the media.

“I was out behind everybody, and then I hear someone yell at me. I’m not just going to sit there and take it. I’m not just going to sit there and let you yell at me like that, so if you want to do something about it that’s fine. But I’m not going to wear it. The Dodgers manager had a different view. “Things are getting defused, and then you see another person that is really trying to instigate,” Roberts said after the game “It’s not necessary. I don’t think that we instigated anything.”

After Archie Bradley closed out the game for the Diamondbacks, he pointed at the players yelling at him from the Dodgers’ dugout, sending both teams onto the field for a meeting that stopped just short of a fight.“As a competitor, you’re only going to take so much before you chirp back,” Bradley said. “I think it’s just competing.”

Ray had the final word on his shouting match with  Roberts.“Maybe it’s a fake tough-guy thing that he puts on for his team, but whatever,” Ray added. “We won that game.”