Dodgers Clinch NL West

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2008 6:39 PM CDT
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre congratulates Casey Blake after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 12-4.   (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West today before they even got on the field. Because the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to St. Louis, the Dodgers are assured of their first division title in 4 years, the LA Times reports. "The main goal is to get to the World Series," said big-name acquisition Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers and the LA Angels are the only teams to clinch NL berths so far.