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Loney, Rivera remain Dodgers' first-base platoon

Loney, Rivera remain Dodgers' first-base platoon

Loney, Rivera remain Dodgers' first-base platoon
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly had no hard feelings toward Carlos Lee one day after the Dodgers pulled the plug on a trade for the Astros first baseman.

"Obviously, he's not with us," Mattingly said. "Guys have their reasons for whatever they do. I don't really judge that."

The manager acknowledged rumors and trades are simply part of the business and it's natural that some fall through like the one with Lee.

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"It's this time of year," he said. "I don't try to get too excited about anything. We talk about all the different things [general manager Ned Colletti] is talking about and if they happen, they happen. If they don't, they don't."

In the meantime, that means James Loney is still the first baseman in a platoon with Juan Rivera.

Loney, who was in a 1-for-27 slump heading into the weekend when rumors first started, had an encouraging game Sunday night. The first baseman had an RBI double in the seventh and finished the 8-3 win over the Mets with a pair of RBIs.

"James has been an enigma," Mattingly said.

Loney went into Mattingly's office after Sunday's game and told the manager that he is back and confident.

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