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Matt Stairs perfect complement for playoff push

Updated: September 16, 2010, 1:49 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN

The losing lingered for the Padres, 10 straight losses, and as one of the few players on the roster with extensive experience in pennant races, Matt Stairs looked for opportunities to be positive, to convey positive thoughts.

If a teammate had a nice round of batting practice, Stairs would say so. If the catcher called a good game or made a good throw, even in defeat, Stairs would note it. If a pitcher made a good pitch or a hitter took a good swing, Stairs would mention it.

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