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Roberts: Chase pool no part of LA celebration

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PHOENIX -- In news welcomed by the Chase Field security detail, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday that his club would not throw a pool party if it clinched the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile, as Don Mattingly's Dodgers did in 2013 when they clinched the NL West Division.

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PHOENIX -- In news welcomed by the Chase Field security detail, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Sunday that his club would not throw a pool party if it clinched the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile, as Don Mattingly's Dodgers did in 2013 when they clinched the NL West Division.

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"Yeah, that won't happen. That won't happen," said Roberts. "This is a completely different team, and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool."

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Roberts said he was certain he didn't even need to warn his club against that type of celebration.

"No, there's no point," he said. "Our guys clearly understand what this team is about, and we have no interest in jumping in a pool in right field."

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That wasn't the case in 2013, a year in which bad blood between the two franchises boiled over in a June beanbrawl at Dodger Stadium, triggered when Zack Greinke, then a Dodger and now a D-back, was hit by an Ian Kennedy pitch, the third player hit that game. Suspensions or fines were issued to 12 players and coaches as a result.

When the Dodgers clinched the division against the D-backs in September, many players fitted with goggles made a breakout from the clubhouse and stormed the unique swimming pool. The only current Dodgers that were on that club are Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Yasiel Puig.

D-backs management was reportedly livid over the breach in etiquette and several Arizona players criticized the Dodgers for disrespecting their opponents.

Puig having a blast in postseason

Through two games, Puig has been arguably the Dodgers' top offensive contributor this postseason. If it looks like he's having more fun on the diamond than in past playoff runs -- well, that's because he is.

Two postseasons ago, Puig was coming back from a hamstring injury in October and was limited to six at-bats. Last year, he served mostly in a platoon role.

With five hits in nine at-bats this postseason, Puig already has more hits than he did in the Dodgers' last two playoff runs combined. And during the course of his hot streak, he's been as demonstrative as ever. He tripled and wagged his tongue at the Dodgers' dugout in Game 1. Then he bat-flipped an RBI single in Game 2.

Video: ARI@LAD Gm1: Puig sprints 29.1 ft/sec on triple

Worth noting

• The D-backs held their traditional off-day workout at Chase Field. The Dodgers, however, held a closed workout at Dodger Stadium before flying to Phoenix.

In the Dodgers workout, left-handed reliever Luis Avilan continued his recovery from shoulder inflammation by throwing batting practice. Roberts said Avilan is on track with his recovery to be available for the next round of the postseason if the Dodgers advance.

• Although reliever Brandon Morrow allowed a three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday night, Roberts still had no misgivings about removing Kenta Maeda in the sixth inning after he retired right-handed hitters A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez.

"When you're constructing a postseason roster and trying to account for different parts of the order, different hitters, and he just really makes sense for us," Roberts said of Maeda, who has been primarily a starting pitcher throughout a career in Japan and MLB. "Yesterday he got three big outs for us. To be able to have the off-day to come back against a very good lineup in Arizona to deploy him then, it makes sense."

Video: LAD@ARI Gm3: Roberts on D-backs offense at home

Maeda was awarded the win by striking out Pollock on three sliders, inducing a groundout from Goldschmidt on a 95-mph 0-1 fastball and striking out Martinez on a 94-mph 1-2 fastball. Roberts noted that Maeda's velocity is several miles an hour faster pitching out of the bullpen.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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