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Improving Dodgers' defense on Mattingly's mind

Improving Dodgers' defense on Mattingly's mind

Improving Dodgers' defense on Mattingly's mind
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers were one of the best fielding teams in baseball last year and things started out promising this year, but they have struggled in that aspect since the All-Star break. Manager Don Mattingly said he isn't too concerned the recent sloppy play will last, but he is frustrated and wants to see it cleaned up.

"We always talk about trying to build on pitching, but with pitching you have to catch the ball," he said. "That's one area we have to continue to get better."

Mattingly described what has happened defensively over the past three days as weird (Kenley Jansen's blown save on Saturday), physical (Jerry Hairston's errors on Sunday) and mental (Monday's botched rundown play). He said physical mistakes happen and there is no need to worry too much unless the mental ones start piling up.

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The Dodgers entered Tuesday having committed 66 errors this season, which was the fifth most in the Majors. That is a far cry from last season, when the team committed only 85 errors, which was the fifth best in baseball.

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