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Don Mattingly ready for what's ahead

New Dodgers manager sits down and answers questions in a wide-ranging interview

Updated: March 31, 2011, 5:48 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's only an hour until game time, but Don Mattingly assures me this is a good time to chat. His desk inside the manager's office at the Dodgers' spring-training complex in Glendale, Ariz., is incredibly neat. A set of books are perfectly lined on a shelf along the wall. His notes for the about-to-begin spring game against the Diamondbacks are all arranged in front of him on large yellow, thin-lined paper. Even his handwriting is neat.

From all outward appearances, he is incredibly prepared.

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