But over the last three days, they have shown they can play with the
Their victory Saturday was a resounding 9-1 thrashing at
The Dodgers won the opener, 1-0, and lost the second game, 3-1.
The Dodgers have more than held their own against the
Ramirez was a late addition to the lineup Saturday after sitting out the previous four games because of an irritated right shoulder. He singled, walked and scored a run in his two plate appearances, but was replaced in the top of the third inning at shortstop by Miguel Rojas.
Ramirez felt tightness in his left calf, the Dodgers said.
As well as the Dodgers have played without Ramirez, Mattingly made clear he thinks they need Ramirez, particularly to make a run in October.
"When you get to the playoffs, good pitching gets pretty much everybody out," Mattingly said. "You only have a couple guys on every team that hit good pitching. That's why the scores get so low."
Ramirez wasn't the only player to go down in the second inning. Utilityman
Turner is expected to land on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring.
Turner was removed from the game immediately after he drove in the first run in the Dodgers' six-run inning.
"Every team has to deal with this stuff, but Turner has been extremely valuable for us," starting pitcher
Turner was particularly valuable in the absence of third baseman
Uribe was put on the disabled list May 21. Since then, Turner has started 22 games at third base and batted .365.
Even with Uribe back, Turner was expected to be a frequent presence in the lineup, as Mattingly said he didn't want to overuse the 35-year-old Uribe.
"We'll still be careful," Mattingly said. "I'm sure we'll bring somebody that gives us flexibility at short and third. We're going to have the flexibility to not throw Papi out there every day."