• Left fielder Carl Crawford entered Tuesday's game hitting .155 in 58 at-bats since coming off of the disabled list July 11. But Mattingly said he thinks Crawford is swinging better than his numbers show.
"I think Carl's been actually swinging the bat OK," he said. "I know he hasn't had a lot of hits since the break, but he's really looked to break down every at-bat. … Carl keeps fighting. he keeps competing. And Carl's one of those guys who can get hot, so he's going to find that."
• Mattingly said he remains committed to Josh Beckett and Dan Haren at the back end of the starting rotation, but that doesn't mean general manager Ned Colletti isn't looking for improvements.
"I think we're still expecting Danny and Josh to pitch well," Mattingly said. "But with that being said, Ned, his job is to worry about all of those little things that could happen or if things aren't going well, so I'm sure Ned's scouting and talking to people all the time to make sure that we're going to be in the best position."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter and Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.