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Relief pitchers may become a factor for Dodgers to advance in playoffs

LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson in the eighth inning, Kenley Jansen in the ninth. That was the late-inning formula the Los Angeles Dodgers used last year. And that was the formula they had in mind when they re-signed Wilson to a contract that could pay him $18.5 million over two years. Jansen remains the closer as the Dodgers head into the postseason, but manager Don Mattingly's plan for the eighth inning is now more complicated. He could use Wilson. Or left-hander J.P. Howell. Or Wilson and Howell. Or Howell and right-hander Brandon League. Or Wilson, Howell and League. How did it get like this? In short, because Wilson isn't the pitcher he was last season. The bullpen, once expected to...

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