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Rested Blake fruitful for Dodgers

After a day off, the veteran third baseman delivers key plays on offense and defense

Updated: April 24, 2010, 6:50 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

A day off here and there can do wonders for a tired mind. Just ask Casey Blake.

The Dodgers' third baseman sat out Friday night's game at Washington -- at least until the ninth inning, when he pinch-hit and was hit by a pitch in a meaningless plate appearance in a lopsided game -- at a point when he had one hit in his previous 12 at-bats with five strikeouts. Blake returned to the lineup Saturday and played the hero in the Dodgers' 4-3, 13-inning win over the Washington Nationals before ...

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