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Padilla steps up, but Dodgers lose

Right-hander shines bright in big games, but this time it was a 2-1 loss to Yankees

Updated: June 26, 2010, 2:49 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers showed up to their own ballpark Friday night because, well, somebody had to be there to play the New York Yankees. Vicente Padilla showed up, too, because nobody was going to pay to watch Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira hit off a tee or against a pitching machine.

But if the script called for Padilla to simply play the straight man on a night when all the pomp and circumstance had everything to do with the visiting team, the veteran right-hander ...

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