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Mattingly addresses slumping offense

After 6-1 loss, hitting coach says Dodgers need to get back to basics at the plate

Updated: July 29, 2010, 10:04 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- The first question to Don Mattingly wasn't really part of the interview, just a common courtesy before getting down to business. But his answer summed up perfectly what it has felt like to be the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers the past few days, and especially Wednesday night, when their recent run of offensive ineptitude finally caught up with them and cost them an important ballgame.

"I've had better nights, that's for sure," Mattingly said in response to a simple, ...

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