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Loney starting to see batting average climb

SEATTLE -- Just when it looked like James Loney had again played himself out of the Dodgers' plans, he's playing himself back in.

Loney entered Friday's game vs. the Mariners 6-for-19 on Los Angeles' road trip and .315 since May 8, bringing his average up from .198 to .257. His comeback is eerily similar to last year, when he was batting .202 on May 2 and finished the season at .288.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked if he had any theories on Loney's most recent turnaround.

"Nope," said Mattingly. "He matched up good in Philly. He hits [Cole] Hamels. I don't know why. And his numbers against [Kyle] Kendrick are good, too. I hope it gets him rolling. He's swinging better."

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SEA Full Game Coverage TTLE -- Just when it looked like James Loney had again played himself out of the Dodgers' plans, he's playing himself back in.

Loney entered Friday's game vs. the Mariners 6-for-19 on Los Angeles' road trip and .315 since May 8, bringing his average up from .198 to .257. His comeback is eerily similar to last year, when he was batting .202 on May 2 and finished the season at .288.

Manager Don Mattingly was asked if he had any theories on Loney's most recent turnaround.

"Nope," said Mattingly. "He matched up good in Philly. He hits [Cole] Hamels. I don't know why. And his numbers against [Kyle] Kendrick are good, too. I hope it gets him rolling. He's swinging better."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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