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Dodgers’ lead spokesman reportedly leaving for Diamondbacks

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Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers’ chief spokesman, is leaving at the end of this season to take a similar post with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

[Update: Rawitch confirmed his departure, saying he was approached by the Diamondbacks and that the turmoil surrounding the Dodgers’ ownership this season was not a factor in his decision. In an e-mail sent to Dodgers employees, owner Frank McCourt said “we are very happy” for Rawitch and had “begun working to find his replacement.”]

The disclosure came only a few hours before the Dodgers were to open a three-game series with Arizona at Dodger Stadium. Arizona is in first place in the National League West.

Rawitch is the Dodgers’ vice president of communications, and he has accepted the job of senior vice president of communications with the Diamondbacks.

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