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Miguel Olivo
Dodgers go from Down Under to up-and-down to the top
Dodgers go from Down Under to up-and-down to the top

The playoff chase began in late March, 7,500 miles from home, on a cricket ground masquerading as a baseball diamond, in a country that really didn't care, with a team whose sanity was quickly pushed to the brink. Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw's first start led to a back injury that would sideline him for more than a month. Mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig's first two baserunning blunders led to a public rebuke from his manager and private anger from his teammates. The Dodgers returned home from Australia with their heads ducked down under. "I guess you could say when this thing started, it wasn't that much fun," Manager Don Mattingly said with a wince. Six...

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