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Dodgers | Justin Sellers' production not issue for skipper

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly won't pin any blame for the club's lack of run production in the early going on SS Justin Sellers. The shortstop has batted .176 (6-for-34) with a home run and a .263 OBP in his 11 games. Mattingly said defensively the club has gotten what it wanted from Sellers. The manager said he doesn't expect more from the middle infielder's bat, but he believes Sellers can improve. The Dodgers have hit .268 as a team (fifth in the NL) and are third in team OBP (.343). They haven't turned base runners into runs, however; they have scored 37 runs in 13 games, putting them third from last in the National League and last in the NL West.

Fantasy Tip: NL-only owners who bothered to roster Sellers can take solace -- if that's how they want to look at it -- in the fact that the Blue are unlikely to remove him from the lineup while Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is out. Seriously, Sellers hit 14 bombs in both 2010 and 2011 in the minors, while posting respectable averages of .285 and .304, respectively. He's not great, but he's capable of a little more, and the penalty for NL-only players to keep him active and find out shouldn't be that great since he's a short-term solution.

2013-04-17 10:02:44 | Source: MLB.com - Ken Gurnick

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