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Dodgers earn a 3-1 win over Padres and have found optimism as All-Star break arrives

Dodgers earn a 3-1 win over Padres and have found optimism as All-Star break arrives

The first half ended as it began, with the Dodgers defeating the Padres, and so after a 3-1 victory Sunday, the players packed duffel bags laid in front of their lockers before the game. Three Dodgers planned to head to San Diego for this week’s All-Star festivities. The remainder intended to enjoy the days off after the team concluded the first segment of the season in fine fashion.

Winners of three in a row and seven of 10, the Dodgers (51-40) have found optimism after months marred by injuries and offensive inefficiency. The team has played some of its best baseball in the past three weeks, which created excitement for the final months of the year.

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