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Dodgers' Andruw Jones set to join Dominican team

Andruw Jones

LAS VEGAS -- Dodgers outfielder Andruw Jones, coming off the worst season of his All-Star career -- one that included a .158 batting average, 76 strikeouts in 209 at-bats and mid-season knee surgery -- is expected to begin playing winter league baseball with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican League, possibly as early as this weekend.

Jones, who has been doing strength and conditioning exercises at his Atlanta home, took a post-Thanksgiving vacation with his family and then said he would report to his winter league team for the reminder of the first half.

Jones could continue playing with Aguilas if the team -- locked in a tight pennant race with five teams separated by just four games -- makes the post-Christmas playoffs.

-- Kevin Baxter

Photo: Andruw Jones, back in July. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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