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Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez helps bridge a gap
Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez helps bridge a gap

On a day when everyone and everything seemed to move at a plodding pace in the muggy air, left-hander Paco Rodriguez provided two innings of energizing, scoreless relief for starter Josh Beckett. Although the Dodgers lost, 7-3, they should thank Rodriguez for doing his best to give them a boost. Baseballs had no business zooming around Sunday. One could imagine the pop-ups, fly balls and line drives stuck somewhere up above the field in the thick air at Dodger Stadium, collecting as the game went on like bugs in a fly trap. But they were rocketing off the Cubs’ bats against Dodgers starter Josh Beckett. Chicago collected six hits off the Dodgers righty, and it felt like more with...

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