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Defense is the biggest difference in the Dodgers this season

Defense is the biggest difference in the Dodgers this season

What’s the biggest difference in the Dodgers this year over last? I mean, besides that army in the front office. Home runs? Lack of speed? Juan Uribe’s missed wardrobe? Try defense. Not the sexiest subject, but more often than not, a key one for winning teams. The Dodgers have gone from being a poor defensive team, to one of baseball’s best. That’s a pretty impressive turnaround in one season. That change is most obvious up the middle, and was on display again Saturday in the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Angels. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Howie Kendrick are vast defensive upgrades over Hanley Ramirez and Dee Gordon. In the second...

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