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Nomar Garciaparra re-signs with the Dodgers

Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nomar Garciaparra is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a two-year contract.

The deal with the All-Star first baseman will be formally announced Monday, Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck said Sunday night.

The 33-year-old Garciaparra won the NL comeback player of the year award last season, shifting to first base with the Dodgers.

Garciaparra, a two-time AL batting champion and six-time All-Star, hit .303 with 93 RBIs and 20 home runs for the Dodgers last season, matching J.D. Drew in homers for the team lead.

Last season, he earned $8.5 million, including $2.5 million in incentives. He signed a 1-year deal with the Dodgers last winter. Injuries limited him to a total of 82 games in the previous two years. He was slowed late in the season by quadriceps and oblique muscle injuries.

Garciaparra -- who grew up in nearby Whittier and graduated from St. John Bosco High in suburban Bellflower-- had said he was interested in staying with the Dodgers.

''I've loved every minute of it,'' he said last month.

Garciaparra became all the more attractive to the Dodgers after Drew opted out of the final three years of his contract earlier this month, making him eligible to become a free agent.