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Dodgers hoping to snap out of funk as crucial stretch approaches

LOS ANGELES - The words will sound like a rallying cry or hollow rhetoric. The next five weeks will decide how history judges the 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers, a group Kenley Jansen spoke for in the wake of another calamitous defeat Wednesday.

"It sucks losing," Jansen said. "It sucks going 4 1/2 back. It sucks being in third place. But you've just got to be a man and deal with it, and step up Friday. We all need to step up."

Will they? Can they? Is it already too late?

The Dodgers rested Thursday as a crucial stretch of baseball awaited them. At this juncture, trailing two teams in

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