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Dodgers' Web Musings: Don Mattingly does his best Alfred E. Neuman routine

March 16, 2011 | 12:23 pm

So maybe the first four weeks of spring training haven't gone exactly the way newbie Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly envisioned.

Thus far the Dodgers can’t hit, field or pitch. Hey, it’s all up from here! The hitting has been particularly lacking, but you can almost feel Mattingly shrug his shoulders when he tells The Times’ Jim Peltz that he’s not concerned:

"Not really. Not at all, actually. It just doesn't matter."

He’s mostly right, of course. If the Dodgers start well, who’s going to remember how they played in early March? If they don’t, however, plenty will.

Also on the Web:

-- Yahoo Sports Tim Brown talks to MLB’s new official historian, John Thorn, who thinks this whole Abner Doubleday story tends toward myth.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman takes an updated look at how the Dodgers’ 25-man roster is shaping up.

--’s Ken Gurnick writes that veteran reliever Mike MacDougal has been pitching well (no earned runs in five appearances) and gives partial credit to a … neti pot.

-- Sons of Steve Garvey’s latest anonymous post finds a humorous connection between ESPN Gene Wojciechowski’s visit to the Giants clubhouse and a certain classic ’80s film.

-- True Blue LA’s Eric Stephen profiles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis and thinks his Albuquerque fate is sealed.

-- ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick looks at the Padres post-Adrian Gonzalez and gives them a fairly favorable review.

-- The Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore assesses how the Dodgers are handling the latest wave of injuries.

-- The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Salfino is under the impression Russell Martin will return to form.

-- Steve Dilbeck