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07:22 AM ET 07.04 | It wasn't all that long ago when the Dodgers looked cooked, and then along came Yasiel Puig. It's not a stretch to say that Puig saved the Dodgers' season, and -- at least for now -- the jobs of [Don Mattingly] and general manager Ned Colletti. ... Puig, 22, is non-stop energy. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is playing at an MVP level, and center fielder Matt Kemp and right-hander Zack Greinke also are back from injuries. The Dodgers, suddenly in contention, are plotting further moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Could be a trade of outfielder Andre Ethier. Could be trades for Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and heaven knows who else to increase the payroll beyond $220 million.

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July 4, 2013  07:28 AM ET

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July 4, 2013  08:53 AM ET

Yes..............YES!!! Nolasco is the hump to get them over the hump!

<employs JR tactics>

The Dodgers NEED Ricky Nolasco!!!

July 4, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Well, it is about time. Look, if you are really serious give Brian a call, Arod is in midseason form as we speak.

July 4, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well, it is about time. Look, if you are really serious give Brian a call, Arod is in midseason form as we speak.

Yep. Grounding out at a record pace.

July 4, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Dodgers getting healthy and on a roll. They can stand pat in their sucky division.
2 1/2 out.

July 4, 2013  10:06 AM ET

How badly is Puig hurt?

July 4, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How badly is Puig hurt?

Bruise. Should be good to go.

July 4, 2013  10:13 AM ET

I remember last year when people were talking crap about the Ramirez trade.

LOL.

July 4, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I remember last year when people were talking crap about the Ramirez trade.LOL.

He's on a tear. Just has to stay healthy. And happy.

July 4, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Dodgers getting healthy and on a roll. They can stand pat in their sucky division. 2 1/2 out.

Sucky division, or just competitive??

July 4, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Sucky division, or just competitive??

Arizona only team over 500. With last nights win, by 2 games.

You tell me.

July 4, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

How badly is Puig hurt?

I hope the guy isn't hurt too bad. I watched some highlite films on him the other day and this kid is great! One of the highlites, was him throwing out a guy at third trying to advance from first on a single to right. This kid is the real deal!!!

July 4, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Arizona only team over 500. With last nights win, by 2 games. You tell me.

IMO, the division is good and competitive. We shall see what the rest of the season holds.

July 4, 2013  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Arizona only team over 500. With last nights win, by 2 games. You tell me.

I'm torn on this division. On the one hand, their records would tell me that the entire division sucks. On the other, their performance would indicate they blow. I really can't tell.

July 4, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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I'm torn on this division. On the one hand, their records would tell me that the entire division sucks. On the other, their performance would indicate they blow. I really can't tell.

I can see your dilemma.

July 4, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'm torn on this division. On the one hand, their records would tell me that the entire division sucks. On the other, their performance would indicate they blow. I really can't tell.

What are you doing for the 4th, Willie?

July 4, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

What are you doing for the 4th, Willie?

As little as humanly possible.

July 4, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

As little as humanly possible.

I am here at work.

July 4, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I am here at work.

So...the same?

 
July 4, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

So...the same?

Actually, I have a list of things to work on.

Now if I can just find my ambition. Last I saw of it, it was over in the corner with my motivation.

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