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Vargas in vintage form for Dominican squad

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.

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"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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