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It's fun time: The stretch arrives for Dodgers
It's fun time: The stretch arrives for Dodgers

Now to get serious. Really, really serious. Not to imply those Boys of Summer weren’t before, but for teams in contention for the playoffs, September brings heightened pressure and significance. The Dodgers are definitely in contention, definitely primed for a stretch run, if a tad less comfortably than it seemed a few days ago when they were up by five games. Now, as they prepare Monday for the final month by hosting the playoff-bound Washington Nationals for three games, their division lead has been cut to 2 1/2 by the Giants with 25 games left to play. Its big-boy time. The Dodgers began the fortifying of their roster Monday, the first day it could be expanded, by calling up...

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