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Bad blood boils between Dodgers and Diamondbacks when six batters are hit

Bad blood boils between Dodgers and Diamondbacks when six batters are hit
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts checks on third basemanJustin Turner (10) after he was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning Wednesday. (Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

There is some bad blood brewing between the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, who exchanged heated words from their dugouts Wednesday night after there were six hit batsmen in the first two games of a three-game series in Dodger Stadium.

Two Arizona players — Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed — were hit by pitches Tuesday, as was Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit twice and Joc Pederson once on  Wednesday night.

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After Turner was hit in the seventh inning, home-plate umpire Brian Gorman issued warnings to both benches.

"Gorman has to issue a warning when he sees some jawing back and forth," Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. "The last one was a breaking ball that hit [Turner]. The other two, they came in with fastballs. They're pitching in … they pitch in."

Arizona Manager Chip Hale said the "jawing" was started by the Dodgers.

"I guess their pitching coach didn't care for their guys getting hit," Hale said, referring to the Dodgers' Rick Honeycutt. "It was OK [Tuesday] when our two guys got hit in the wrist, but tonight it wasn't right, even though the last pitch [that hit Turner] was a slider.

"Pitching in is part of the game — we know that — and I'm not going to allow anybody from the other team to yell toward my dugout, whoever he's yelling at. It's not acceptable."

Hale commended Gorman for issuing warnings.

"When a bunch of guys start getting hit, that's going to happen," Hale said. "That's fine with me. I just told him I don't appreciate someone from their dugout yelling at me. That's why I'm yelling. I didn't want him to be offended by me yelling across. He said, 'I'll take care of it.' That was good. Brian did a nice job."

Manager Dave Roberts discusses the Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks in their home opener on April 12.

The Dodgers opened the season with 10 players on the disabled list and lost two more players to the DL in the first week of the season when outfielders Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke went down with back injuries.

One day after they got utility player Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal back from injury, they were lucky they didn't lose another key player Wednesday night when Turner was hit on the left wrist by a Jake Barrett fastball in the seventh.

Turner winced in pain and was examined by the team's medical staff for a minute or two before taking first base. X-rays after the game were negative, but Roberts said Turner's hand is swollen and sore and that he will look to hold Turner out of at least one game over the next few days.

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