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Dodgers’ Vicente Padilla Overcomes Struggles to Make Post-Season Debut

Vicente Padilla will get the nod to pitch Game Three of the NLDS on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals as manager Joe Torre chose to go with Padilla over the early season ace, Chad Billingsley.

He also was awarded the start over Jon Garland, who possesses post-season experience and even a World Series championship ring, but Padilla has done yeoman’s work in the final months of the season and has earned the right to toe the rubber.

This comes after Padilla joined the Dodgers following a turbulent ending to his stint with the Texas Rangers, where he was seen as somewhat of a clubhouse menace, picking fights whenever he saw fit and leaving his offense to take the punishment for his actions.

Because of these reasons, I was as big of a skeptic as any when the Dod...

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