LOS ANGELES -- Like brothers who argue then break bread with each other soon afterward, both Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal were in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup a day after their verbal confrontation in the team's dugout.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts continues to say he has no problem with teammates policing themselves the way Turner and Grandal did Thursday, and that both players have moved on from the incident.
"You know, one of the things [Grandal] would say himself is that he made a baserunning snafu, and it happens in the course of a season," Roberts said. "[It's one] thing when you have managers or coaches holding players accountable, but I think that when you have players holding one another accountable, that's the ultimate goal. That, for me, sustains that consistency of greatness. For those two guys, that is something that has been dealt with, is over with, and we are better for it."
Upset with a baserunning gaffe that nearly cost the Dodgers' the tying run, Turner had some choice words for Grandal during Thursday's 8-6 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers. Things did not come to blows, but multiple Dodgers players got between the arguing parties before it could escalate any further.
Both Turner and Grandal spoke about the incident following the game, with Grandal taking ownership of his mistake after he tagged up from first base on a fly ball to left field and was nearly tagged out at second before Joc Pederson could score a run when he tagged up from third.
"I think we need to play with fire and if we fight, we fight, no matter if it's between each other or against the other team," Grandal said after Thursday's game. "If we can get some fire within the team to get us going, then that's fine."
Turner suggested Thursday that the 35-33 Dodgers are less than thrilled with not meeting expectations over the first 2½ months of the season.
"Things haven't been going great for us all year and the bottom line is that we want to win games," Turner said.
Roberts said multiple times that he had no problem with how the players handled the incident. He was asked whether his perpetually positive approach was simply finding a way for fighting to be justified.
"I think that fighting in the dugout -- and fighting is a little aggressive, obviously -- I think that having discussions, or openly showing emotion with one another for the right reasons, is fine," Roberts said. "I think you see it in every sport throughout a season. It's not something I advocate, but it can be healthy."
In owning up to his miscue Thursday, calling it a "brain fart," Grandal also had some pointed criticisms for how the Dodgers have carried themselves in the first half.
"I don't think [intensity] has been lacking, but at times I feel like we know we're better that the other team and we can lay back and relax," Grandal said. "We wait for things to happen instead of making it happen."
Roberts did not seem comfortable with that assessment.
"There are many games that we are the better team, but the reason you play is to see who is better that day," Roberts said. "I know that, as a manager, and I can speak to the coaches, I know a lot of the players aren't relaxed and content going into a game. I'd love to know which players he feels are content and don't want to fight so then they won't play that night."
Roberts said he did not meet with either Turner or Grandal and is comfortable just moving on from the incident.
"I don't think there is anything else to say about it," Roberts said. "Everybody wants to win and the intent is good, so there is no reason for me to intervene."