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MLB: Dodgers rally late, clinch NL West

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009 when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, in Phoenix on Thursday behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez.

Despite an NL-high payroll of $214 million-plus on Opening Day, the Dodgers got off to a 30-42 start and were last in the division, 9½ games behind the first-place Diamondbacks, before play on June 22. Los Angeles has gone 58-23 since.

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