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James Loney's future in L.A. at risk

Once the cornerstone of the Dodgers' future, an early exit might be in the cards

Updated: August 4, 2011, 8:44 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- It was the top of the seventh inning of a game most of the baseball world ignored, and the chess match was just beginning.

The last-place San Diego Padres were leading the next-to-last-place Los Angeles Dodgers by a run, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sent up a pinch hitter for his pitcher. Padres manager Bud Black countered by bringing in a new pitcher, and Mattingly countered by sending up another pinch hitter to pinch hit for the first pinch hitter, who already had ...

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