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Casey Blake says to just relax

Veteran infielder wants teammates to stop overthinking and play with confidence

Updated: August 23, 2010, 10:25 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Casey Blake wasn't suggesting his Los Angeles Dodgers throw in the towel. Far from it, actually. All the veteran third baseman was saying, really, is that it's time for them to stop clutching the towel so tightly.

"We shouldn't be doing math," Blake said after Sunday's game, a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before 44,788 at Dodger Stadium. "We shouldn't be worrying about anybody ahead of us, even though it's tough not to look at the standings. Basically, we just have to try ...

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