Role players like Ellis change L.A. story

Updated: September 19, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He catches every third day or so, often enough that you've heard his name, but never with enough fanfare to make you remember it.

To the average fan, A.J. Ellis is just a guy on the Dodgers' 25-man roster during a season most will forget as soon it's over. The backup catcher. The No. 8 hitter. The guy mentioned at the bottom of the game notes when he's called up or sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

But in this lost season that is suddenly looking found, players ...

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