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Dodgers owner told to pay $225,000 spousal support

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was ordered on Friday to pay his estranged wife, who is seeking a divorce, $225,000 a month in temporary spousal support and $412,159 toward mortgages on the couple's properties.

Los Angeles Court Commissioner Scott Gordon also ordered the couple to sell a multimillion-dollar home they owned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

But Gordon's ruling did not address ownership of the Dodgers, a key point of bitter contention for the couple since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce in October and one that has been closely watched in baseball circles.

The Dodgers, who made it to the National League Championship Series last year, are struggling so far in 2010 and have spent most of the young season mired in last place in the West division and are 5 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.

Jamie McCourt, who filed for divorce in October, had been seeking nearly $1 million a month in spousal support.

That included money her attorneys said would be used to pay the costs on eight properties listed in her name.

McCourt's lawyers had offered to pay $150,000 a month.

In November, two weeks after she filed for divorce, Jamie McCourt asked Gordon to reinstate her as chief executive of the Dodgers, a move that Gordon said was premature.

The Dodgers are considered one of the premium clubs in Major League Baseball and were valued by Forbes magazine in 2009 at $722 million.

The McCourts bought the team in 2004.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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