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Dodgers try to stay focused

L.A. will be challenged to play hard without a workhorse like Rafael Furcal

Updated: August 1, 2011, 2:38 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- For contending clubs, baseball's annual trading deadline is a time of anticipation and excitement, a sort of Christmas in July if you will, as they find out what reinforcements are coming for the final two-month push toward what they hope will be a championship. For teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, though, it represents a crossroads of sorts, one that often is complicated by the emotional fallout of losing a popular teammate such as Rafael Furcal.

It is now, with two-thirds ...

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