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Weary Dodgers get break from routine

Weary Dodgers get break from routine

LOS ANGELES -- Coming off a rough 24-hour period in which they had a night game in Atlanta, a cross-country flight and then a home game against the Brewers, the Dodgers got a brief break from their normal routine before Tuesday's game.

Players got to report to the clubhouse by 4:45 p.m. PT -- about an hour later than usual -- and batting practice also was a little later than normal.

"We had planned this the other day," manager Joe Torre said. "The first day we wanted to get them out of bed because it's so tempting to sleep in that first day. And then we just figured we'd give them the blow the second day."

Torre said the Dodgers did not land in Los Angeles until about 3 a.m. Monday after the club's 9-1 win over the Braves on Sunday.

While it could have been easy to blame the Dodgers' sluggish start to Monday's game against the Brewers that resulted in a 6-5 loss, Torre and outfielder Matt Kemp said after the game that fatigue was not a factor in the outcome.

Even if the Dodgers say that they aren't tired, the current schedule isn't set up to keep a them fresh.

Tuesday's game marked the 12th of 20 consecutive games for the Dodgers. The club's next day off is Aug. 13.

The Dodgers enter Tuesday's game 4-7 over that span and have lost six of their past nine games, but Torre doesn't feel his team is worn out by the schedule.

"No, I don't. It's what we do for a living," Torre said. "It's like September ... you're really tired, but only the teams that are out of the race are really tired. It's really a mental thing at this point in time and I don't sense any of that and I really don't look for it, to be honest with you."

David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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