Gibson quiet on brushbacks between aces

Gibson quiet on brushbacks between aces

Gibson quiet on brushbacks between aces
LOS ANGELES -- One day after D-backs right-hander Ian Kennedy and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw exchanged brushback pitches, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he was not sure what all the commotion was about.

Gibson was asked Tuesday if he expected the umpires to issue warnings before the game.

"I never thought there was anything occurring," Gibson said with a smile. "Did you think something was going on?"

The D-backs had a beef with Kershaw dating to last year, when he plunked outfielder Gerardo Parra. Monday was the first time Kershaw had faced them since the incident, and it appeared that Kennedy was sticking up for his teammate.

Kershaw was not pleased that the hard feelings had lingered.

"The part of it I don't understand, with all that stuff last year, I know it's old-school baseball for them or Gibby-style, whatever they call it, but I don't understand it," Kershaw said after the game. "The manager there is old school, but old school you let it go. If that's how they want to do it, in my opinion there's no place for it."

Gibson was not going to take the bait Tuesday.

"Seriously we come out and play hard every day and things have happened within the game and I just don't comment on that," Gibson said. "People say things, whatever, I just don't comment on that. We go out and play hard, play within the rules and try to beat people. We haven't been doing that lately. I just hope we play better tonight. That's what my focus is on."