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Dodgers Fizzle, Rockies Pounce

The Los Angeles Dodgers still are selling season tickets on their website, vowing that orders will be given full priority for the upcoming playoffs.

If the Dodgers don't soon turn around their fortunes, they'll be using those playoff tickets to hide their faces.

The Dodgers, who once led the Colorado Rockies by 15 1/2 games, are contributing to what could become the greatest comeback in baseball history.

No team has recovered from a deficit larger than the 15 games overcome by the 1914 Boston Braves. The Rockies entered Wednesday's late game against the Dodgers two games back in the National League West.

The Dodgers mostly insist they're not hearing footsteps, but right fielder Andre Ethier hints that they are feeling pressure. The Dodgers have been a .500 team since June 21, and are 1-8 in one-run games this month.

"Sometimes you try to do too much," Ethier says.

Slugger Manny Ramirez, who returned July 3 from a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy, hasn't been able to rescue them. He is hitting .282 with seven homers and 26 RBI in the 47 games since his return, compared with a .348 batting average, six homers and 20 RBI before the suspension.

"I think he's trying to carry the weight of the team on his shoulders," manager Joe Torre said.

Ramirez, booed last weekend by Dodgers fans, insists he is unconcerned about with his production, despite failing to homer in his last 12 games.

"I'm not struggling," Ramirez told news reporters. "I'm hitting the ball good."

The Dodgers, who had a nine-game lead July 25, entered Wednesday with their smallest lead since April 25.

"What counts is where you are at the end," Dodgers first baseman James Loney said.

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