Kershaw, Kennedy exchange brush-back pitches

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aces Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks exchanged brush-back pitches Monday night during their first head-to-head matchup of the season.

Kershaw faced the Diamondbacks for the first time since his 3-2 victory on Sept. 14 at Dodger Stadium, when he was ejected for hitting Arizona outfielder Gerardo Parra with a pitch on the right elbow.

In the third inning Monday night, Kennedy threw a 2-1 pitch behind Kershaw and to the backstop before walking him.

Kershaw returned the favor in the fifth, making Kennedy bail out of the batter’s box on a first-pitch fastball before walking him. Umpire Marvin Hudson immediately issued a warning to Kershaw and both dugouts.

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