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Extra innings not kind to Dodgers early on

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LOS ANGELES -- Following Friday night's 11-inning loss to open the series with the Rockies, the Dodgers are 1-5 in extra innings this season.

They were 10-5 in extra innings last season, including 5-1 in Dodger Stadium. That magic, especially at home, has been elusive in 2014. So far this season, they are 1-4 in extras at home.

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"We haven't been very good in them so far," manager Don Mattingly acknowledged.

Mattingly appears unconcerned, mostly because of the small sample size and the fact that it's still early. A team must win extra-inning games with pitching, he said, and short term, things have not fallen into place for the Dodgers. Long term, Mattingly said, winning in extra innings can set a precedent that can carry a team a long way.

"In my mind, I think we have enough guys who want to win that we're not willing to take the hit [such as] moving the runner over," Mattingly said of key situations. "It's not a bad thing."

Translated: Many hitters in the Dodgers' collection of marquee names attempt to take the game into their own hands. The result is, this has not been a team that takes what the pitcher gives it, and maybe pieces a late, game-winning rally together on three singles.

"We've got a lot of guys who have been the guy on their club in the past," Mattingly said. "There's really no one the guy here. We have a lot of good players.

"We need a guy to get a guy over, or a guy to get on base to start a rally. Those kinds of things."

Scott Miller is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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