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Mattingly to manage seven Dodgers in AFL

Mattingly to manage seven Dodgers in AFL

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LOS ANGELES -- Seven Dodgers have been named to the roster of the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, with Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly managing.

The players are: right-handed pitchers Javy Guerra, Jon Link and Justin Miller; catcher Matt Wallach; infielders Ivan DeJesus and Jerry Sands; and outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

Guerra has returned from injury to go 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 relief appearances, but has 19 walks in 24 innings at Double-A Chattanooga.

Link is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he's spent most of this season after being acquired in the Juan Pierre trade. But he also has a 3.18 ERA in six appearances during five callups with the Dodgers.

Miller is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA splitting time this season as a reliever between Single-A Midland and Double-A Chattanooga. During a call-up to Los Angeles, he was 0-0 with a 4.44 ERA 19 appearances in his first year back from elbow surgery.

Wallach, son of Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach, split time this year between Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga, hitting a combined .267 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.

DeJesus, rebounding from last year's broken leg, is hitting .298 with 82 runs for Triple-A Albuquerque while playing second base.

Sands, a corner infielder and Cinderella story (25th-round pick), might be the best slugger in the system. Splitting time between Class A Midland and Double-A Chattanooga, he is hitting .304 with 33 homers, 100 runs and 89 RBIs.

Robinson, who recently suffered an oblique strain, is hitting .300 with nine homers, 57 RBIs, 80 runs scored and 38 steals for Chattanooga.

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