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Start was short, road is long for Ely

Updated: July 6, 2010, 1:55 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Before his rookie right-hander took the mound for Monday's game against the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre referred to John Ely as a "ball of jelly."

While not exactly a first-ballot candidate for the Term of Endearment Hall of Fame, Torre meant it as one. Ely, he said, is a floppy-haired kid filled with energy who can't seem to stand still. "That's the way he is. He's fun. Guys love him."

He's been particularly popular over his last two starts, ...

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