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“I can say Mexico, they pushed me to play in the World Classic,” he said. “It’s my country. I played for nine years there. They gave me a big moment.”

Baffled by Armas

Whatever trade value Tony Armas Jr. might have had likely vanished late Friday night when the right-hander was battered around by the Dodgers in a 13-1 loss.

Armas was touched up for six runs in three innings, raising his ERA to 4.79. He is 7-6 but only has one win in his last six starts.

“It was just a situation where I pretty much [stunk] right from the get-go,” Armas said.

He is 7-6 but only has one win in his last six starts.

“It’s baffling,” manager Frank Robinson said. “He has great stuff. You just wonder what it is that he can’t just go out there and put what I call the good stuff to use.”

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