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Don Mattingly backs Rafael Furcal

Updated: July 17, 2011, 4:36 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took exception on Sunday morning with questions after Saturday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks about the continued lack of production from veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal.

"Fookie still has bat speed," Mattingly said. "We saw (New York Mets All-Star outfielder) Carlos Beltran struggling in the middle of last season, and everybody was ready to get rid of him, saying he can't do this and he can't do that. But (Dodgers hitting coach ...

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