Opting for stability with Mattingly

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday that manager Don Mattingly will return in 2013.

Colletti, in turn -- according to a report on CBSSports.com -- is close to agreeing to a multi-year contract extension to stay in a job he has held since 2005. It has been a tumultuous six months for the Dodgers, who got new owners in May and have turned over more than one-third of their roster through trades, but the owners clearly are banking on stability at the top of the baseball operations department.

Mattingly said he hadn't had much time to reflect on his future with the team, but that he was happy to read Colletti's comments when he saw them.

"I didn't know Ned was going to say anything. I mean, I was under contract, unless I was just getting hacked," Mattingly said. "I love what I'm doing and I like it here and I'm pretty vocal about that point. If they don't want you here, you don't want to be here any way. I say the same thing with my players."

The Dodgers could pull into a tie for the second wild-card spot with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night. Here are lineups:

St. Louis

Jon Jay CF

Matt Carpenter RF

Matt Holliday LF

Allen Craig 1B

Yadier Molina C

David Freese 3B

Skip Schumaker 2B

Daniel Descalso SS

Jaime Garcia P


Mark Ellis 2B

Shane Victorino LF

Matt Kemp CF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Hanley Ramirez SS

Andre Ethier RF

Luis Cruz 3B

A.J. Ellis C

Joe Blanton P