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Last season, the Reds and Pirates hit batters with pitches 28 times -- the most between two teams in the Majors. There was a perception that bad blood existed between the two division rivals, but Price did not expect any carryover into this season.

"We're very much like Pittsburgh in that we like to establish the inside part of the plate and use both sides of the plate," Price said. "We both hit a number of guys against all opponents with very little intent to hit, but it happens. It's the start of a new season. I'm hoping they certainly don't go into it thinking there is something they have to establish other than pitching their game. We intend to pitch our game. I don't think there is any reason to go into this to think there's animosity, but we'll see."

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Last season, the Reds and Pirates hit batters with pitches 28 times -- the most between two teams in the Majors. There was a perception that bad blood existed between the two division rivals, but Price did not expect any carryover into this season.

"We're very much like Pittsburgh in that we like to establish the inside part of the plate and use both sides of the plate," Price said. "We both hit a number of guys against all opponents with very little intent to hit, but it happens. It's the start of a new season. I'm hoping they certainly don't go into it thinking there is something they have to establish other than pitching their game. We intend to pitch our game. I don't think there is any reason to go into this to think there's animosity, but we'll see."

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

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