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Dodgers vs. Giants: 10 Things We Have Learned in the Early 2011 Matchups

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Dodgers vs. Giants: 10 Things We Have Learned in the Early 2011 Matchups
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The San Francisco Giants entered the 2011 season as the defending World Series champions for the first time since 1955, when they still played their home games in New York. 

Fittingly, the Giants were matched up with their long-time rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in a four-game series in L.A to begin the season. 

With emotions running high, the Dodgers won three of the four games, despite being outscored 19-13 in the series.

While four games out of 162 is a small sample of the season, a lot happened in the series to give us an idea of how the rest of the season will play out.

Barring any significant injuries to either of the teams’ starting pitching staffs, the Dodgers and Giants figure to battle for the National League West crown all season. 

Here are 10 things we learned in the series.

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