Hairston lauds chemistry of unselfish Dodgers

Hairston lauds chemistry of unselfish Dodgers

ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers are aware of the perception among outsiders that they are playing beyond their abilities in maintaining the lead in the National League West without Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis.

"We could care less what other people feel," versatile and productive veteran Jerry Hairston said. "Even when we were back in [Spring Training] camp, we felt we were going to be in every ballgame. Let's do things to win ballgames; that's how we looked at it. We've got to keep doing that.

"We have guys who know how to play the game, guys who have played a long time and been around the game their whole lives. We understand how to move a guy over, make the right play. Probably the most important part is the pitching; they've kept us in ballgames.

"We always pull for each other. It's a very unselfish group."

Hairston, who drove in one of the runs in a 3-1 victory over the Angels on Saturday and was given Sunday off by manager Don Mattingly, is batting .300 since returning from the DL (left hamstring strain) on May 25. He has started 37 games at four positions and is clutch with a .353 average from the seventh inning on.