Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/24/12
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The first inning Monday night against Atlanta pretty much encapsulated the Dodgers' season to date. Dee Gordon singled to lead off the game, stole second base, and advanced to third on a flyball from Mark Ellis. Matt Kemp, he of the .460 batting average and nine home runs, was pitched to carefully and walked. Andre Ethier followed with a single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The RBI for Ethier was his 22nd of the season, tying him with Kemp for the major league lead. Their 44 combined RBI are just three shy of the major league record for teammates through the first 17 games of the season, held by Alex Rodriguez (31 RBI) and Jason Giambi (16) of the 2007 Yankees. "They have been pretty amazing, really," manager Don Mattingly said. "Matt has been off the charts in every category. Dre has been picking up every run that Matt doesn't drive in. They have been pretty dynamic together. It's hard to imagine two guys having a better start as far as driving in runs and being big for their...
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