Truck breakdown 'icing' on Dodgers' tough trip

Truck breakdown 'icing' on Dodgers' tough trip

LOS ANGELES -- It appeared things couldn't get much worse for the Dodgers after a 1-8 road trip that was capped with three straight shutouts from the Giants and news that Andre Ethier strained his left oblique. That was until the team's equipment truck broke down, temporarily grounding the team at the airport Wednesday night.

"It was perfect," manager Don Mattingly said with a laugh. "It was the icing for our trip."

The truck breaking down, coupled with weight and computer issues, delayed the team from leaving San Francisco at its scheduled departure time.

Now at home, Mattingly is excited to be off the road and back in familiar territory.

"That trip didn't do real good for us," he said. "It's always nice to get home and change the scenery. We'll see what happens."