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Dodgers want the other John Ely

Updated: September 19, 2010, 12:14 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Thanks to Vicente Padilla's neck injury coming back, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-hander John Ely has a rare opportunity this month. In his effort to secure a spot in what might be a wide-open starting rotation next spring, Ely is getting a head start on the competition by holding down Padilla's spot, presumably for the rest of the season.

Getting that opportunity is one thing. Taking advantage of it is another.

On Saturday, in the Dodgers' 12-2 loss to the ...

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