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Bill Plaschke: Dodgers' Roberts turns the page

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Before the first game of last season's World Series, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts walked alone to center field at Dodger Stadium and carefully pulled a small vial out of his pocket.

Across the deep green grass, he scattered some of his father's ashes.

Seven months after Waymon Roberts died at 68, his son began the biggest moment of his career praying to him while ensuring they would share part of Chavez Ravine forever.

"Words were spoken, I was thinking about him, drawing strength from him," Roberts recalled.

Turns out, he needed that strength more than he could imagine. The Dodgers lost that series to the Houston Astros in seven games with a conclusion that lasted

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