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Donnie, Doggie and the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sprays on

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Most of the time when we throw a Chris "Mad Dog" Russo blog post at you with embedded audio, it's because he's going off on one of his classic rants.

This time, that's not the case. But it's "Mad Dog" talking baseball with Don Mattingly about the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the moment.

Mattingly addressed Matt Kemp's health, all things Yasiel Puig and more. The audio is embedded...

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves postseason primer

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly responds to

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The Braves were wire-to-wire winners of the National League East. The Dodgers stumbled out of the gate but used an exciting rookie to rise to the top of the NL West. They meet in their end of the NLDS on Thursday at 8 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the series:


Atlanta won the season series against the Dodgers, 5-2. They scored 27 runs and allowed 17. But...

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Yasiel Puig not an All-Star? Time for a do-over

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig laughs

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Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.

Boy was that a missed opportunity.

At the time, Puig...

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