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Don Mattingly has the Midas touch

May 27, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly AP

Jerry Hairston Jr. played in 1,289 major league games leading up to Sunday. In none of them was he ever penciled into the third spot in the lineup.

Well, of course, Don Mattingly did it today after never hitting him higher than fifth previously this season. And all Hairston did was respond with his first career five-hit day in the Dodgers’ 5-1 victory over the Astros.

Hairston hadn’t had as much as a four-hit game since 2008 before today’s outburst. He ended up with four singles and a double, and he now has a .381 average in 63 at-bats on the season. Today’s game was just his third back from a DL stint caused by a hamstring strain.

Hairston is certainly playing way over his head at the moment, but that goes for a number of Dodgers. Chris Capuano picked up win No. 7 today, tying him for the major league lead. Catcher A.J. Ellis is playing like an All-Star, and his backup, the normally light-hitting Matt Treanor, homered in his second straight game today. Even Elian Herrera, whom no one had heard of three weeks ago, is batting .342. It’s looking like a charmed year for the team in L.A., and Mattingly will skate to NL Manager of the Year honors if this keeps up.

  1. 1trojanlove - May 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Lets keep up playing Donnie baseball…

  2. pxeeks - May 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Donnie Baseball. My favorite ball player in all sports!

  3. sictransitchris - May 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    So happy that the Dodgers and Donnie are successful.

  4. vanmorrissey - May 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Almost everyday someone new comes up in the clutch. Certainly has the feel the Dodgers are destined to go all the way with they way they come through without Kemp.

  5. mgflolox - May 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I can’t stand the Yankees or the Dodgers, but Donnie Baseball was always one of my favorite players and I can’t keep from rooting for him to succeed.

  6. dondada10 - May 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    That you for correctly using “whom”, Matt. After HBT and Rick Chandler’s Off the Bench, the fall-off in the writing on these blogs is flabbergasting.

    • txnative61 - May 28, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      You got that right, dondada 10! A “March madness” blog twice used birth in place of berth. I just had to comment, “‘Birth’ is somewhat different, ask any Mom.” Flabbergasting!

  7. omniusprime - May 28, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    So wonderful to see the Dodgers finally playing well after so many years of disappointment, goes to show how the team has responded to better management. Mattingly has shown he’s a real quality coach, something that the Lakers’ Mike Brown lacks. Go Dodgers!!!

  8. mybrunoblog - May 28, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I don’t know if Dodger fans understand how we Yankee fans love Mattingly. During a down time for the franchise Mattingly was a bright star. Great player, classy guy, and leader by example. Nothing but good thoughts for Donnie Baseball.

    • wfon1 - May 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      yes we know. as a Dodger fan, i was still a fan of Don Mattingly.

  9. jimeejohnson - May 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Great to see the Dodgers playing well, and even better that it’s happening under Mattingly.

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