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Another cruel loss for Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers, this time 6-4 to the Cubs

Another cruel loss for Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers, this time 6-4 to the Cubs

Rarely do plans combust in such irritating fashion, as if the outcomes were scripted by a malevolent figure hoping to punish a front office for fiddling with a first-place team’s chemistry.

On Thursday, hours after the Dodgers traded away beloved backup catcher A.J. Ellis, the club nearly limped into a no-hitter. A day later, Ellis’ replacement, former Phillies stalwart Carlos Ruiz, could not handle the darting cutters of closer Kenley Jansen, a “lack of familiarity,” in the words of Manager Dave Roberts, that led to a 6-4 defeat in 10 innings to the Cubs.

“It was a tough loss,” Roberts said. “That’s a game that we wanted to...

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