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Mattingly fine with Gordon learning on the job

Mattingly fine with Gordon learning on the job

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Mattingly fine with Gordon learning on the job
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that leadoff hitter Dee Gordon's .273 on-base percentage is something he's "prepared to live with" as Gordon learns on the job.

"You can't sit there and say, 'Just change it right now,'" Mattingly said. "He's taking the 3-1 and 2-0 pitches he needs to take. If he gains an inch a day, by the end of the year he's gained a lot.

"I'm not expecting him to be like Rickey Henderson in the leadoff spot. He is dynamic. He pulled a [Rafael] Furcal [slap bunt single] out of the bag the other day, and it was nice to see that one."

Gordon, despite a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, came into Tuesday's game batting .200 with 10 strikeouts in 40 at-bats.

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