LOS ANGELES This is what Don Mattingly wanted to avoid. As much as everyone tried to talk about fighting and feuding Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers manager wanted to talk about baseball.
But at the end of a long, laborious night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers didnt have enough baseball in them. They lost a lead, lost a game in 12 innings and lost another game to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
Its agonizing for Mattingly, who called this series important but saw his team lose 8-6 and drift 8 games out of first place. His only hope is that the players who are injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez, center fielder Matt Kemp, left fielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Chris Capuano get back and provide the team with a renewed energy.
Weve got to keep treading water, keep fighting and hoping that Friday we get Hanley back, that we start getting pieces back and maybe well put some games together, he said.
Ramirez almost started Wednesday night, but the Dodgers opted ...