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It’s amazing what a home stand with the Cubs can do for a team’s psyche. While the Dodgers clubhouse had been loose during this week, when I came to the stadium it was borderline jubilant on a Sunday morning.

Perhaps they loved how Caleb wrote about them the past few days, but most probably they got their groove back with two consecutive close victories over the Lovable Losers. Sorry Caleb.

But manager Joe Torre I guess is feeling beyond giddy by giving second baseman Orlando Hudson the day off a day before an off day. Starting in place of Hudson is Tony Abreu.

“It’ll give [Abreu] more than one at-bat,” manager Joe Torre said. “See what happens.

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“Mainly we get two days off for Hudson.”

Also sitting is first baseman James Loney for the second consecutive day who’s still feeling a bit under the weather.

“He had to go home yesterday with the flu,” Torre said. “He’s all right. He had no temperature - apparently yesterday he was running a temperature.

“He can play. If we need him we’ll use him.”