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Where would the Dodgers be without Dee Gordon?
Where would the Dodgers be without Dee Gordon?

The Dodgers needed a spark plug. They were so desperate for a leadoff hitter they planned on using Yasiel Puig. Their No. 1 plan for a second baseman was a Cuban shortstop who had never played a lick of American baseball. And then they discovered an old phenom. Where would the Dodgers be right now if Dee Gordon had not unexpectedly emerged as the answer to several problems? Gordon, 26, has pretty much become the ideal leadoff hitter. Friday night against the Mets, he had three hits, including his major-league leading 11th triple. He also leads everyone with 57 steals. He’s scored 70 runs and is hitting .289. After failing as a shortstop, after bouncing back and forth to the...

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