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Worth noting

• With Justin Upton getting a day off, shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose ninth-inning homer tied Saturday night's game, moved up to second in the batting order for the 19th time this year.

"Just to get a bat up there," Gonzalez said. "I think the best is still way ahead of him. It's just a matter of experience and maturity. He's just going to keep getting better and better, in my view of him. Defensively, he's reached that. Offensively I still think there's much, much more. Because hitters improve with more at-bats at the Major League level."

Simmons went hitless in four at-bats.

• First baseman Freddie Freeman appeared to be limping after running into the fence trying to catch Kevin Frandsen's foul popup that drifted into the seats in the eighth inning.

"I think he just banged it up a little bit. He's fine. It's just one of those things I think we're going to have to manage a little bit and hopefully down the road here we can give him a couple days. But nothing major," said Gonzalez.

• Catcher Gerald Laird is a big USC fan. So, naturally, after the Trojans were upset by Washington State on Saturday, first baseman Freddie Freeman had the Cougars fight song cued up on the clubhouse stereo and cranked it up as soon as Laird walked into the clubhouse Sunday morning.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for
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