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Lingering Issues Addressed by Dodgers

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The field of Dodger Stadium painted for the NLDS. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett
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When we last left the Dodgers they had a lot of things to address for the playoffs. Manager Joe Torre had no idea who would start in St. Louis for game three of the National League Divisional Series nor who would start at second base.

These two questions finally had some sort of closure today.

The starter for game three will be Vicente Padilla while Chad Billingsley will start if there’s a game four in St. Louis.

“Padilla to me has been throwing the ball really well,” Torre said. “I was probably a little more comfortable with where Padilla is right now. I know Billingsley is getting there otherwise he wouldn’t even be considered for number four.”

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Billingsley pitched a simulated game on Monday making 82 pitches.

“I’m a feeling a lot better on the mound,” Billingsley said. “The past two outings have went well. I’m getting better. That’s what you want to see.”

“The simulated game was fine,” Torre assessed. “He seemed to throw all his pitches. He seemed to have all his command.”