Dodgers' bats come alive

L.A.'s recent offensive acquisitions have helped a surge in run production

Updated: August 11, 2010, 2:11 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHILADELPHIA -- In the timing-is-everything department, perhaps we should ponder this question: What would the Los Angeles Dodgers have done at the trading deadline if their offense hadn't been in the deep freeze at the time? Would they have felt the need to go after Scott Podsednik and Ryan Theriot, two top-of-the-order speed guys, in hopes of giving themselves the flexibility to be creative and try to manufacture runs the scrappy way instead of slugging their way to runs the sexy way?

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