Manny Ramirez’s 50-game suspension has officially been served and with that, he’ll join the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup on Friday night when they take on the Padres in San Diego.

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Ramirez has spent the last 50 MLB games serving a PED-related suspension. During that time, the Dodgers managed to amass the best record in baseball and currently have a 7.5-game lead over the Giants and an 8.5-game lead over the Rockies in the NL West.

At the time of his suspension, Ramirez was hitting .348 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and had a .641 slugging percentage. Assuming the media circus he’ll bring with him doesn’t hinder the club’s momentum, Manny’s return should be a major boost to the Dodgers’ chances to not only make the postseason, but also maybe make a World Series appearance.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL currently have the Dodgers at 5/1 to win the 2009 World Series. With Manny’s return, those odds might never be better than what they are right now.

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Posted: 7/3/09 4:15PM ET

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