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Dodgers take break from reality

Chad Billingsley's pitching vs. the Nats helped L.A. forget about its troubles for awhile

Updated: July 24, 2011, 11:27 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The psychology of sport has always fascinated me, at least since youth baseball when every time I would strike out I would wonder if it meant I couldn't play this game.

It actually did mean that, but for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, everything felt a little different. In an odd way, after a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals before 36,458 at Dodger Stadium, everything suddenly felt OK. The Dodgers took two of three to win a series for the first time in the ...

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