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Miles, languishing in minors, decides to retire

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--INF Aaron Miles, who hit .235 with a .297 on-base percentage in 18 games with Triple A Albuquerque, retired on Wednesday. Miles, who was signed by the Dodgers to a minor league contract on May 11, hit .275 for the Dodgers in 2011, starting 61 games at second base and 49 games at third base.

--RHP Nathan Eovaldi allowed just one run in six innings Wednesday night against the Angels but is still winless despite a 1.82 ERA in his four starts. The Dodgers have scored two runs with Eovaldi in the game in those four starts. "You just go out there, and wins will come," Eovaldi said.

--RHP Kenley Jansen allowed a home run in the ninth inning to Erick Aybar of the Angels and suffered his second loss in three games. It was the second time in the last 10 days Jansen has pitched three days in a row. "I just have to keep attacking and keep pitching, be aggressive. You have to have a short memory in this game," Jansen said.

--INF/OF Elian Herrera started in center field, his fourth start of the season in center. Herrera went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored the Dodgers' only run in their 2-1 loss to the Angels. With Juan Uribe back at third base, Herrera will see more time in the outfield in addition to occasional time at third and second base. Before Herrera, the last Dodger to start at least four games at second base, third base and center field was Derrel Thomas in 1983.

--RHP Ronald Belisario pitched a scoreless seventh inning, extending his scoreless streak to seven innings, with opposing batters hitting .050 (1-for-20) against Belisario during that span. After missing all of 2011 because of visa problems, Belisario has allowed only two runs in 19 appearances this season. He has a 1-0 record and miniscule 0.98 ERA.

BY THE NUMBERS
28 -- One-run games played by the Dodgers in their 64 games this season, including Wednesday night against the Angels. No team in baseball has played more one-run games than the Dodgers, who are 16-12 in such contests.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"To be where I'm at now is definitely a positive." -- Mark Ellis, on his recovery from May leg surgery.

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