The Dodgers are making progress on a Don Mattingly extension. The deal is expected to be done soon.
Mattingly understands he's the manager of a club with a massive payroll so he's expressed to the Dodgers his wish to avoid being a lame-duck manager in the last year of his contract. It looks like his wish will be granted. Anyone that can hold together this club of divergent personalities should be rewarded. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
At this point it is a forgone conclusion that Mattingly will be back with a good sized extension. The Dodgers will look to build upon what was a phenomenal ending to the 2013 season.ANALYST: Jeff Mans
Update: Nene (calf) will not play Saturday.
The Wizards are thin in the forecourt, now with Hilario out as well as Kris Humphries. He was a game-time decision earlier, but the pre-game shootaround appear to have shown his lack of capacity to play on Saturday. Jared Dudley and Drew Gooden will be asked to carry on in place of the injured Wizards. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson