Dodgers re-up with Albuquerque team

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Albuquerque Isotopes have extended their partnership through the 2012 season.

The teams made the announcement Monday.

Last season marked the Dodgers' return to affiliation with Albuquerque after an eight-year break. The Albuquerque Dukes were the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers from 1972 to 2000. Albuquerque was home to the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1971.

Isotopes general manager John Traub says the Dodgers have been part of the Albuquerque community for the better part of 50 years. He says the minor league club plans to continue building on a successful relationship with the Dodgers.