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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST -

Manny Machado, Dodgers

The two home runs he hit Aug. 25-26 against the Padres could be a pos­i­tive sign for the Dodgers’ post­sea­son bid. Since L.A. had traded five play­ers to get Machado, he’d slugged 140 points be­low his .575 mark in 96 games this year with the Orioles. He had pro­vided solid de­fense at short­stop and third base, but his slug­ging per­cent­age was 50 points off his ca­reer norm.

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