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Gibson asserts D-backs were not headhunting

Gibson asserts D-backs were not headhunting


LOS ANGELES -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was eager to turn the page from his team's fight with the Dodgers the night before, but not until he made one thing perfectly clear.

"I can tell you we would never endorse throwing at anybody's head and it didn't happen last night," Gibson said. "Balls got away from people last night. It was close. I get it. We'd feel upset about that, too. But that's not our intent I can tell you that right now."

The Dodgers were upset when Yasiel Puig and was hit in the nose and Zack Greinke was hit in the shoulder area, essentially accusing the D-backs of throwing at their heads.

"I just wanted to make it clear that we're not," Gibson said. "If you look at the way we got Puig out on the four-strike strikeout, we found a little hole up and in, and Ian was trying to go back in there. The ball got away. There's no question, we're not trying to hit him right there. You would never, ever want to try to hit anybody anywhere close high. You would never try to hit anybody to begin with and certainly not around the head. We all understand that."

Kennedy too denied trying to hit either player near the head.

"I don't want to hit anybody in the head or come near close to their head because I've had pitches thrown at my head and it's not very comfortable," Kennedy said. "Whether you're bunting, whether you're trying to hit, no matter how hard it is, it's not very comfortable and I would never want that."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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