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Home is where the heart is, even if not the cheering throngs.
But very early, home has been very good to the Dodgers. Heck, it's actually been perfect.
Not all the warm fires and mom's chicken noodle soup in the world could make Dodger Stadium a more comfy place for the Dodgers these days -- they've started the season 7-0 there.
April numbers on most anything can change in a hurry (see: Juan Uribe's four hits Monday raised his batting average 75 points), but the Dodgers can at least take some early comfort in knowing that Chavez Ravine has been one friendly place thus far.
Of course, it could be argued that their good run at home has been aided by six games against the lowly Padres and Pirates, but still, they did win the games.
No other team in baseball is currently undefeated at home. Then there are the Royals, who are somehow 0-10 in Kansas City.
Last year, the Dodgers went a pedestrian 42-39 at home, so this is something new, if far removed from the 13-0 start at home in the 2009 season.
The crowd hardly helped inspire the Dodgers to any home-field advantage last season, when the team typically played before an odd, half-empty stadium. And it's not like the fans have come streaming back this April. Monday was the Dodgers' third home game this season played before an announced crowd of less than 30,000.
When you're coming off two consecutive disappointing seasons and unprecedented ownership turmoil, you take your encouragement where you find it. Whether it's against unimpressive teams, or all victories at home.
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