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Kenley Jansen

Clean slide or dirty play? The take on Utley's takeout

This much is certain: Anyone who bemoans that baseball's gone soft never covered second base with Chase Utley bearing down on a potential double play. What's not so clear is whether Utley's takeout slide Saturday night, the one that broke the right leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and created all this postseason clatter, was a dirty play. "It's hard baseball, man," said closer Kenley Jansen, Utley's teammate on the Los Angeles Dodgers. "The game has started to become too sensitive." Of course, that's not how the seething Mets viewed it after Tejada was carted off in an air cast. "Before he could get the ball out of the...