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Vicente Padilla steps in as closer

He gets save Sunday vs. Mets and Mattingly warms to idea of keeping him as closer

Updated: May 8, 2011, 6:52 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW YORK -- I didn't think Don Mattingly would really answer the question, at least not definitively, and I still don't think he really intended to. But when I asked him whether Vicente Padilla could actually pitch well enough to permanently secure the closer's role for the Los Angeles Dodgers or he was simply holding it down until Jonathan Broxton returns from the disabled list sometime next month, Mattingly's attempt at a vague answer wasn't nearly as vague as he probably wanted it to be.

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