The Dbacks and the Dodgers were at it again yesterday

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The Dodgers and the Dbacks played yesterday. They’ve had a bit of a feud going for a couple of years. One would think that with a new GM and new manager in Arizona — the old management was pretty pro-hitting guys — that it would die down a bit, but I guess not. Or maybe it was all accidental. It’s pretty hard to say. All I do know is that lots of guys were plunked and lots of guys were ejected in their matchup yesterday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.

In the first inning Dodgers starter Chris Anderson hit Mark Trumbo on a high and inside pitch. After the game Don Mattingly said it wasn’t intentional. I’ve seen Gifs of it (look here) but there’s no video on MLB.com. Seems maybe purposeful, but it’s hard to tell what people are doing in spring training. Maybe he’s just working on brushing guys back. Maybe he was possessed by the spirit of Don Drysdale.

Then, in the bottom half of the first, Daniel Hudson hit Justin Turner.  Turner was then plunked again in the fifth inning by Allen Webster. Here’s the second one:

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The dumb thing there? Webster and manager Chip Hale were ejected because, after the stuff in the first inning, both benches had been warned. This despite the fact that the home plate umpire knew that the second plunk was not intentional:

Viva la Zero Tolerance.

Things didn’t stop there, as Dbacks pitcher Derek Eitel plunked Dodgers hitter Dillon Moyer in the bottom of the eighth. That led to more ejections, this time of Eitel and D-Backs bench coach Glenn Sherlock who had replaced Hale:

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Was that intentional? Kinda looked like it? But who knows. We’re dealing with anonymous dudes at this point. Which could either mean (a) their control isn’t fabulous; or (b) they’re trying to impress someone.

It’ll be interesting to see if this is a harbinger of a continuation of bad blood between the clubs or if it’s just a spring training blip. I’d bet on the blip, but then again, I never would’ve bet on all of the nonsense between these two teams over the past couple of years in the first place.

Bryce Harper played some third base in an intrasquad game

Bryce Harper third base
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Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.

Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.

Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”

Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.

Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.