David Price: Dodgers-Padres rivalry at 'next level'
Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher David Price. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

David Price: Dodgers-Padres rivalry at 'next level' after benches cleared

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever David Price believes the team's rivalry with the San Diego Padres reached new heights after a benches-clearing incident on Friday night. 

"All rivalries in baseball are really good, but once you get that first benches-clearing (moment), that's when it kind of goes to that next level," Price said following L.A.'s 11-6 win, according to MLB.com's Juan Toribio. "I'm sure we'll be ready to play (Saturday) and so will they. I think we have (Clayton Kershaw) going, so, we'll be ready."

Things between the two NL West clubs got heated in extra innings after Dodgers reliever Dennis Santana hit Padres pinch hitter Jorge Mateo, causing the benches to clear. 

Friday's game was the first time the two clubs met since the Dodgers knocked the Padres out of the playoffs during the ALDS last season. They'll meet 18 more times this season, with the potential to meet again in the playoffs. 

The Dodgers currently own the best record in the NL West at 12-2. The Padres are third in the division with a 9-6 record. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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