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Manny: Last L.A. year

Slugger Manny Ramirez said this will be his last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I know I’m not going to be here next year,” Ramirez said at spring training Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

Ramirez’s contract expires after this season. Why is he so certain he won’t get an extension?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just know I’m not going to be here.”

Short hops

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