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Matt Olson

LEADING OFF: Dodgers can clinch NL West; Cubs on a roll

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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THE WEST IS NEARLY WON

The Dodgers can clinch their fifth straight NL West title with a victory in Philadelphia and an Arizona loss at San Diego. Already assured at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs, Los Angeles has dropped three games in a row and 19 of 24. Left-hander Alex Wood (15-3, 2.69) tries to stop the slide when he pitches against Jake Thompson (2-2, 4.46) and the last-place Phillies, who need three wins to avoid a 100-loss season.

EYE ON THE PRIZE

With the playoffs right around the corner, the World Series champion Cubs are riding their longest winning streak of the season....

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