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|Jonathan Broxton said he was comfortable facing an old nemesis Matt Stairs, now with the Padres.|
But if Broxton is telling the truth, if he really isn't worried about any post-traumatic flashbacks when those situations arise, well then, a good portion of the battle is already won. "We had a talk last year after we lost to Philadelphia," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "The only thing I could say to Broxton was, 'Don't shortchange yourself. Be as proud of your stuff as I am.' I really don't think it would have made a difference [if Cabrera had gotten on], although we'll never know. It's just a matter of him knowing, if nothing else, that what he did before in that situation didn't work." And so this time, Broxton took a different approach. And this time, it did work. And if Broxton has anything to say about it, the storyline will end right there.
Carroll went 2-for-3 on Thursday night, driving in two of the Dodgers' four runs with a sacrifice fly in the second and a two-out single in the sixth. That hit came with runners at first and second after the Padres had intentionally walked Blake DeWitt to get to Carroll. With Furcal expected to return from the disabled list by early next week, Carroll will soon be relegated to the utility infielder's role the Dodgers signed him to fill. "His job is to play off the bench," Torre said. "If we happen to lose somebody or need somebody to play, whether it's an inning or a week, he has the mindset to be that guy. But he has been a huge part of what we have done here since Raffy got hurt."