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Injuries, uneven play impetus of Dodgers' woes

Injuries, uneven play impetus of Dodgers' woes

Injuries, uneven play impetus of Dodgers' woes
MINNEAPOLIS -- Through the first half of the season, the Dodgers have dealt with numerous injuries and struggled to a 36-45 record.

As it entered the second half the season on Wednesday, the club sat 10 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West.

So what has first-year manager Don Mattingly learned about his team so far?

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"I've learned we're not in a good position at this point," Mattingly said. "We haven't really put ourselves in the position we'd like."

After an impressive, historic victory on Monday, the Dodgers had won back-to-back games while looking like a team ready to put together a winning streak.

Instead, they followed with a 6-4 loss Tuesday night, in which lefty starter Ted Lilly struggled and the offense could not put anything together significant, save for a three-run fifth inning.

Midway through the season, the Dodgers still have not won more than three consecutive games.

"Obviously, at halfway, you'd like to start seeing your club kind of form an identity of who you're going to be on a day-in, day-out basis," Mattingly said. "Really to this point, I don't think we've been showing any sign of that.

"We haven't really put a run together yet, we haven't gotten on one of those streaks where you're winning and you get that confidence going as a ballclub, where you start to feel like, 'We can do this, we can win this thing.'"

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