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The Dodgers are a big deal now. Over the break, a lot of "experts" have them running away with the second half en route to an NL West title. Even the seedy folks over at Bovada have the Dodgers favored to win the NL West.

The Dodgers continued to make some people look like geniuses in their 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Not even a 90-degree, 90-percent humidity conditions in the swampland known as our nation's capitol could drag down the Dodgers.

Hell, not even the umpiring could keep the Dodgers down. Take Yasiel Puig's throw in the second inning to try and get Bryce Harper out at thir base was a thing of beauty.

After Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco made a wild pitch in the second inning that scored Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez responded in the third inning with a two-run shot off of Stephen Strasburg, his ninth homer of the season.

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Meanwhile after the Nationals pitching staff set down 14 consecutive Dodger batters, Andre Ethier came up in the top of the ninth with a solo shot. Kenley Jansen notched his tenth save giving the Dodgers a 48-47 record.

Yes, the Dodgers are a winning team.

Even though Puig went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and the umpire screwed up the call above, he always finds a way to leave his imprint on the game.

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Now I must give my heartfelt apologies to the Dodgers. On Monday I wrote that the Dodgers were woefully oblivious and apathetic to a potential Sharknado. Later on Monday the Dodgers tweeted a reply:

I stand corrected.

Dodgers scorecard: (click to embiggen)

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Nationals scorecard: (click to embiggen)