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Dodgers Web musings: Ned Colletti sees a new urgency among Dodgers

March 5, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Not that you could tell it by that offensive explosion to open the exhibition season, but it’s true, General Manager Ned Colletti is convinced the Dodgers are approaching this spring with a greater focus.

Colletti told ESPN’s Buster Olney there is a different feel to the way the Dodgers have approached spring this year.

"I think they've all taken on a new sense of urgency," said Colletti. "I've seen longer work, and more attention to detail."

That wasn’t always the case last spring. The Dodgers were less than thrilled with the effort some of their would-be stars put in at Arizona.

Humbling seasons, however, sometimes can have a positive impact.

Also on the Web:

-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez profiles Juan Uribe, who said he was impressed with how the Dodgers pursued him before rejecting the Giants' late offer and coming to Los Angeles.

-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick talks to left-hander Ted Lilly, who says even at age 35, his hunger to win remains.

-- MikeSciosciasTragicIllness’s Mike Petriello thinks what appeared to be a pretty settled bullpen going into spring is suddenly looking uncertain.

-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson thinks partly because of that, Mike MacDougal has gone from longshot to a clear favorite to capture one of the three open spots.

-- OpinionofDaveKingmansPerformance’s Evan Bladh tries his hand at giving Dodgers lyrics to familiar songs.

Sample from "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" from "The Beverly Hillbillies":

Well now its time to say good by to Ned and all his kin.
Schmidt, Andruw, and Pierre thank him fer’ kindly droppin’ in.
We’re spectin’ that a change occurs with Dodger owner Frankie
To have a heapin helpin of a fed’ral bankruptcy

-- Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown has had it with Russell Martin’s excuse-making and lack of accountability for his downward spiral the last three years.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman does a podcast, giving his overview of the Dodgers.

--The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta said Milton Bradley’s wife has accused him of spousal abuse in divorce papers.

-- ESPN/NY’s Adam Rubin said Mike Piazza is the latest ex-player to say he wants to purchase a team.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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