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Torre not panicking over slumping offense

Torre not panicking over slumping offense

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Torre was asked if he told his slumping Dodgers club anything special before batting practice Friday.

"We need to hit, we need to hit, we need to hit," he said.

"We've scored 14 runs in eight games. We need to hit more. We're capable of hitting better than we're hitting."

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Torre said the Dodgers held their typical pre-series meeting, but there was no fire and brimstone, no special meeting because the offense has disappeared.

"Everybody in that room has had success," he said. "This sport is unique. We don't have down time to regroup like sports that don't play every day. We're putting a lot of pressure on ourselves. We're counting on each other and not doing a good job right now."

After losing two of three in San Diego, the Dodgers trail the Padres by seven games starting play Friday night with a three-game series against the Giants and four games in Los Angeles against the Padres.

"Right now, we're flat," he said. "The guys are aware of it. They're trying to think too much. They need to rely and trust their ability. This is something you go through and it just happens to coincide with the Trading Deadline. We need to keep our composure. There should be a sense of urgency, but far from panic."

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