On June 21st, the Los Angeles Dodgers were sitting in last place in the NL West with a 30-42 record and 9 1/2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Thursday afternoon in Phoenix, the Dodgers raced out for a celebratory dip in the Diamondback's Chase Field swimming pool. From last place to an NL West title in less than three months, the Dodgers were powered by Hanley Ramirez on Thursday with two home runs. Making just his second start in the last week due to an irritated nerve in his back, Ramirez went 4-for-5 and drilled two home runs in the Dodgers' 7-6, National League West-clinching victory over the Diamondbacks. Ramirez was 5-for-7 with three walks, four RBI and five runs scored in those two games. The Dodgers can still end with the National League's best record with a strong finish, which means Ramirez will be in the lineup before the season is over. But those in weekly leagues should consider starting a shortstop with a more defined situation if you are playing for anything important in your league.
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