Now playing the role of hero: A.J. Ellis

Updated: June 6, 2010, 11:42 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers backup catcher A.J. Ellis spent the ninth inning on Saturday night throwing off a mound in the bullpen, preparing pitch if reliever Charlie Haeger failed to finish the game. The Dodgers trailed the Atlanta Braves by a lopsided margin and manager Joe Torre didn't want to burden his already-taxed relief corps.

But on a team that has tireless Russell Martin as its regular catcher, what Ellis did on Sunday was almost as rare as seeing a position player come ...

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