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Early in season, Dodgers just lifting off

Despite some stumbles out of the gate, there are reasons to be positive in L.A.

Updated: April 11, 2011, 12:34 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- As Los Angeles Dodgers players trickled back into their clubhouse following Sunday's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres before 33,949 at Petco Park, they learned the chartered jet scheduled to take them to San Francisco for the final three games of this three-city trip wouldn't arrive to pick them up for a couple of hours because of a mechanical problem in another city.

Forgive the all-too-easy metaphor if you will, but the delay seemed perfectly appropriate for a team whose ...

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