LOS ANGELES -- On Wednesday, Stephen Drew did not want to talk about his dustup with Russell Martin from the night before.
"It's over and done with," is all Drew would say.
The Arizona shortstop was miffed when Martin slid over the base with both his feet in the air and seemed to kick out at Drew.
"He went hard, late," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said of Martin. "He's done that before. You know last time we were here he spiked Conor Jackson at first base coming back on a double play, so it's not the first time he's done it. Pretty hard-nosed -- players sometimes take exception to those. I've said it before, players police themselves in those situations so I don't fault anybody for reacting to their emotions and taking a stand."
After it happened Drew told Martin he did not appreciate it and when Martin said something back both benches and bullpens emptied, though there were no punches thrown and no pushing and shoving either.
"Just a hard slide," Martin said. "Looking at the replay, I kind of slipped through the bag a little bit. I caught his foot, caught a cleat on his foot. He didn't like that, he just expressed his disagreement. I just told him I'm playing the game hard. There's really nothing personal there."
Center fielder Chris Young, who was sprinting from his position to back up the throw to second was right in the middle of the action before anyone else on the field.
"Our team is a close knit group, so we are going to defend ourselves," Hinch said. "A lot of times, whether it's yelling at umpires or disagreements between teams, these things get heightened when you're going through the roller coaster ride we're on. Sometimes when things like that boil over, it springboards you to better things. So I'm glad CY got there, I'm glad that our guys showed that they were going to stand up for each other. I wish it would have ended up in a momentum swing that would have ended in our favor."