Dodgers 9, Friars 3

Lost amid all the Jackie stuff was the fact that this was a HUGE win for the boys. They take two of three in the first meeting of the season against the team that DOMINATED them (13 of 18) last year and the team they figure to be battling down to the wire in the NL West. Meanwhile, you have to wonder whether Wilson Betemit (1 for 24) is EVER going to get back into the lineup. Wilson Valdez, playing 3B in place of Betemit, went 3 for 5 and now is hitting .417. The six (Russell Martin), seven (Andre Ethier) and eight (Valdez) spots combined to go 9 for 14 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Mostly, though, this one erased the bad taste of Jason Schmidt’s implosion on Saturday. Dodgers go to 8-4, grab sole possession of second place and hold at a half-game behind the D-Backs, whom the Dodgers play the next two nights at Chase Field. See ya there.

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