Torre banks on break from baseball to fire up Dodgers for Game 5

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager
Joe Torre gave his team a break from practice on
Tuesday in a bid to recharge their playoff batteries for Game
5 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Dodgers squandered a 5-3 lead before losing 7-5 on
Monday and they trail the Phillies 3-1 in the best-of-seven
National League Championship Series.

"It was a very emotional game last night," Torre told
reporters at Dodger Stadium. "Guys were down. I just thought
getting away from it would probably benefit them more than
anything else.

"We just obviously can't concern ourselves [with] what has
already happened. We have to go out there and play a game
tomorrow night, and I have a sense that we will."

The Dodgers face a daunting challenge in their bid to reach
the World Series for the first time in 20 years but Torre
expects his team to play with much more fire in Wednesday's
Game 5.

"This ball club has been fighting back, doing a lot of
things," he said. "Inexperienced at times, but it doesn't put
them on their heels.

"I'll just remind them of everything that they've
accomplished to this point and to just continue to fight. You
don't get to this time of year without the ability to win
three, four, five games in a row."

Although the Dodgers have to win the next three games to
advance to the World Series, Torre has cautioned his team
against looking too far ahead.

"What we have to do is make sure we just go out and put the
blinkers on, win tomorrow and then concern ourselves with the
next day and hopefully in Game 7 again," he said. "We just
have to think in terms of not looking too far ahead."

Right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley will start for the
Dodgers on Wednesday and Torre expects the 24-year-old to
banish his painful memories from Game 2.

Billingsley allowed eight runs, seven of them earned, in 2
1/3 innings in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss.

"He's sensitive, yet he's very aggressive and very sure of
himself," Torre said. "And I think he was mad at himself for
being sort of in between in that start.

"He's pitched a lot of important games this year.
Hopefully, he can get himself in that frame of mind [where] you
remind yourself this is still a baseball game. You can only win
one game right now and that's the game you're pitching."