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A rude welcome

Ricky Bottalico has given up five runs in the sixth inning to hand the Dodgers an 8-3 lead. Fans here would be bolting for the exits if they could move that fast.

Someone in press row quipped: "Didn't the Phillies cut this guy about 18 years ago?" I swear, it wasn't me.

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The Dodgers sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth. Bill Mueller hit a two-run homer and Cody Ross added a three-run shot. The Dodgers also had a single, double and two walks in the inning. Somehow, they found the strength to make three outs.

Going back to the WBC, manager Sam Perlozzo is so concerned about injuries that he has little interest in sitting down in front of the television.

"It's better that I don't watch it," he said. "Better that I just hear about it."

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