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Jonathan Broxton is still Dodgers' ninth-inning go-to guy

Manager Joe Torre says the embattled closer, who gave up Jimmy Rollins' walk-off two-run double in Game 4 of NLCS, will get the ball if another save situation arises in Game 5.

October 21, 2009|Dylan Hernandez

PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Broxton was a man of few words Tuesday.

He said that the two-out, two-run walk-off double he gave up to Jimmy Rollins the previous night was in the past. He said he hadn't watched video of the play and had no intention of doing so.

But Manager Joe Torre, who spoke with Broxton on Monday night and again Tuesday, said he believed his All-Star closer would recover from the shock of blowing a save on a night the Dodgers could have tied the National League Championship Series at 2-2.

"I think he's all right," said Torre, adding that he told Broxton that if there is a save situation in Game 5 tonight, he would get the ball.

Torre's players were still trying to make sense of what happened.

"That was tough to deal with," Casey Blake said.

"Not a lot of sleep," Randy Wolf added.

The Dodgers held a team meeting, with Torre telling the players they were capable of overturning their 3-1 deficit. He pointed to one of his own failures as evidence, his 2004 Yankees who blew a 3-0 lead against the Boston Red Sox.

Manny Ramirez, who was on that Red Sox team, didn't want to talk about that series.

"I don't want to talk about 2004," he said. "That's over."

But Doug Mientkiewicz, who was Ramirez's teammate that season, did.

"We were too dumb to realize what we were up against," Mientkiewicz said, adding that the Dodgers' youth could provide a similar advantage.

"It's not as monumental a task if you think of it as having to win three one-game series," Mientkiewicz said.

Mattingly talks with Indians

Hitting coach Don Mattingly said he had a phone interview with the Cleveland Indians about their vacant managerial job and said that the Washington Nationals have asked the Dodgers for permission to talk to him about their managerial opening.

Mattingly said that he and the Indians have made plans to continue their discussions.

"I've wanted to manage for a long time," Mattingly said. "I've been moving in that direction."

Mattingly was hired by the Dodgers at the insistence of Torre, who agreed to manage them under the condition that they hire Mattingly and Larry Bowa as coaches. Torre has made it no secret that he would like Mattingly to get a chance to succeed him when his contract expires at the end of next season.

Manny not talking contract

Ramirez wouldn't talk about his $20-million player option for the 2010 season. He has to decide whether to exercise the option within five days of the end of the World Series or Nov. 10, whichever comes first.

"I'm only thinking about the game tomorrow," he said.

Asked when he would make his decision, he laughed and said, "After the game tomorrow."

Short hops

Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw will be in the Dodgers' bullpen tonight. "All hands on deck," Torre said. . . . Torre said he anticipated starting the same eight position players who have started the entire postseason.


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