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Dodgers rookie Alex Verdugo's fiery flair already makes him a fan favorite

CHICAGO - The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cincinnati Reds to begin a three-game series a week ago and manager Dave Roberts shot a text to Alex Verdugo afterwards to inform the 22-year-old rookie he was starting in right field the next day.

"I said, 'I'm going to need you tomorrow,' " Roberts recalled. "And he said, 'I got you.' "

That night, before the left-handed-hitting Verdugo stepped into the batter's box to face left-hander Zach Duke in the seventh inning with two on and two out, he and Roberts had a conversation in the

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