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Matt Beaty’s frustrating season continues

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Plus: The greatness of the Max Scherzer trade, Pujols’ renaissance, and more.

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Matt Beaty has taken a few trips to Oklahoma City this season, and it’s been an adjustment.
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Matt Beaty has had a roller coaster of a season, with a few trips down to Triple-A Oklahoma City under his belt this year. It’s been frustrating for Beaty and fans alike.

“I’m just going about it day by day,” Beaty said recently. “I’m just happy to be back with the team and trying to help the team win a ballgame.”

Beaty is batting .259 this season, with a .357 on base percentage. He’s been adjusting to his role as a bench batter, which is likely where he’ll stay for a while.

Manager Dave Roberts said that he doesn’t see Beaty as a defender, but rather as a clutch batter against a right hander. It’s a bit of a surprise, given that Gavin Lux is out in center field for the firs time in his career, but time will tell if Doc is onto something.

Daniel Palma over at Dodgers Nation has more.

Dodgers Links

Jon Hoefling at Deadspin ranks the Max Scherzer trade as one of the greatest deadline deals ever. Who else made the list?

Danny Duffy, another trade deadline acquisition, has yet to throw a pitch for L.A. because of injuries. According to AJ Gonzalez at Inside the Dodgers, Duffy may be headed toward an early retirement as a result.

Albert Pujols considered retiring, but his time with L.A. has brought him some new joy and plenty to continue playing for, Alden Gonzalez at ESPN reports.