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Pregame: Joe Maddon has no interest in 'shenanigans' tonight

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After emotions ran high last night, both Clint Hurdle and Joe Maddon predictably played down any lingering issues between the clubs and, instead, looked forward to a clean game tonight.

The tension between the teams started after Starling Marte was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth.

"We were mad when Marte got hit," Hurdle said. "We've been mad 66 times the last three years. Maybe someone got mad last night that Marte got hit again for the sixth time this season."

In the top of the seventh, Kyle Lobstein appeared to retaliate by drilling Ben Zobrist in the backend. From the dugout, Maddon reacted by yelling at Lobstein, which prompted Cervelli to start screaming at the Cubs' bench.

"There have been several instances where I've yelled at players on the other team," Maddon said. "I don't like doing it, it's just a reaction. When you see one of your guys getting messed with like that it's not a good feeling, man. It's no different than having one of your own kids getting messed with. So, when they mess with your guys it brings out that protective component."

Asked if it bothered him that Maddon yelled at one of his players, Hurdle's response was, basically, "Pfft!"

"It's no never mine to me," he said.

For his part, Maddon doesn't understand why the Pirates felt wronged to begin with.

"[Will things] calm down?" he asked rhetorically. "For me there was nothing going on [until Lobstein hit Zobrist]."

Maddon finished by saying that he has no interest in anything from last night spilling over into tonight's game.

"We're here to play. Jake [Arrieta] is here to pitch. We're here to play the game hard tonight. That is it. I have no interest in the all other shenanigans, at all."