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If Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't being asked about the latest twist or turn in Yasiel Puig's big-league life, he has had to answer about Matt Kemp's move to left field or Hanley Ramirez's poor defense or ... well, something.

There always seems to be some kind of individual drama surrounding the high-salaried Dodgers, and Mattingly appears to have had his fill.

"Honestly, I'm so tired of talking about individual guys instead of talking about us as a club and how we're going to win games," Mattingly said Wednesday before the Dodgers' 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. "There's so much focus on individual guys that we've gotten away from, 'What's the team doing? How are we going to win games?'"

Mattingly's lament focused on the Dodgers' inability to come together as a team or gain any "traction" in the standings. They have yet to win or lose more than three consecutive games this season, and they have a losing record at home. Los Angeles is eight games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West -- a major disappointment given the team's high expectations and record payroll.

"Tommy (Lasorda) says it all the time, right, and it seems corny. But he says, 'Hey, we've all got to get on one end of the rope and pull,'" Mattingly said. "As many times as you've heard Tommy say it, it's absolutely true. I've played on some good teams and I've played on some bad teams. Been around some really good teams, coaching-wise, and when that group gets going in one direction and that focus is purely to win a game regardless of who gets attention or who gets this or that, I think it's always better.

"To be absolutely honest, that's the one thing I feel like we miss more than anything -- that collective group, fighting and pulling in one direction without any concept of this guy, that guy, this guy, that guy. ... I don't know if I can really sit here and put a finger on it. I just know right now I don't feel it."