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Dodgers Streak Into The Playoffs

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A year after ending up 20 games under .500, the Dodgers have clinched a playoff spot after their sixth straight win. The champagne couldn't have tasted any better because the decisive game was against their longtime rivals, the San Fran Giants up in Frisco, thanks to the 40 year old arm of Greg Maddux (pictured, left), who also stole a base in the 4-2 win.

"If you're going to cinch it, you want to cinch it against the San Francisco Giants," former Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda told the Associated Press. "That's why this is sweeter than ever. ... Everybody in Los Angeles thought we weren't going to amount to anything."

Kudos need to be spread from top to bottom of the Dodger organization, starting with GM Ned
Colletti who was working in the front office in San Francisco this time last year. A hearty pat on the back should also go to Dodger manager Grady Little who took all the new players, recent acquisitions, and rookies together and merged them into a never-say-die team who are nothing like last year's group.

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Little and Colletti overcame many obstacles to make it this far, most of all the multitude of injuries this season to their star players Drew, Nomar, and Kent, as well as the season-ending injury to closer Eric Gagne. But somehow this team pulled it together and each day a new player sparked the others to go that extra mile and now the Dodgers are in the playoffs with one last game to play in the season.

AP photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez