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Vargas in vintage form for Dominican squad

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ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela -- It's been three years since Claudio Vargas pitched in the Major Leagues, but he's not ready to retire yet.

On Wednesday afternoon, the 35-year-old right-hander gave up two hits in six shutout innings in the Dominican Republic's 7-6 victory over Mexico. He struck out six and walked one.

"I used my fastball for the first part of the game and then started throwing more sliders and changeups," Vargas said. "I knew some of [the opposing batters] because I played against them, but really, I just pitched my game."

Vargas went 5-7 with a 5.86 ERA for Toronto's Triple-A team last season. He has pitched for the Expos/Nationals, D-backs, Brewers, Mets and Dodgers over eight big league seasons, going 48-40 with a 4.83 ERA in 217 games.

"I'm going to wait and see where I go from here," Vargas said.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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