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Bill Plaschke: After playoff failures, Dodgers can't settle for anything less than World Series

LOS ANGELES - This time will be different.

A mantra that has been quietly repeated throughout Los Angeles for the last couple of months has, at last, become a full-throated plea. It's October, and a city is now collectively begging its Dodgers to bust some ghosts.

This time will be special.

Can you hear the hope? If you've been watching any baseball at Chavez Ravine this summer, you certainly understand the reasons.

After four consecutive postseason failures, these Dodgers roll into the playoffs with their best chance in 29 years to advance to the World Series. They finished with the best regular-season record in Los Angeles history, the best record in baseball, and

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