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San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez hit a home run in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Nationals. It meant a lot of things, including but not limited to:

  • Ramirez has 10 home runs in just 42 games, a pace for nearly 40 over a full season.
  • As part of a 2-for-4 day, Ramirez is now hitting .393/.445./.721 over his 155 plate appearance season.
  • The Dodgers took a 6-0 lead and cruised to the victory; since Ramirez returned in earnest June 19th, the club is 21-8 and have picked up seven games on the Diamondbacks to sit a half-game out of the National League West division race.
  • Ramirez remains clearly the best player in in the National League over the past 30 days. He’s hitting .400/.457/.768 with eight of his 10 home runs over this stretch. His 239 wRC+, .512 wOBA and 2.3 fWAR all lead the league.

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

The Dodgers big money experiment for 2013 isn’t off to the best start. Zack Greinke is on the shelf after a violent collision with a passive-aggressive refrigerator, Chad Billingsley learned pitching with a jacked-up elbow doesn’t really work and the rest of the starting rotation caught the plague over the last two weeks.

Matt Kemp couldn’t hit for three weeks and Hanley Ramirez got hurt during the World Baseball Classic. The Dodgers starting shortstop is yet to play in 2013. Until now, as the Dodgers activated Ramriez from the disabled list mere hours before tonight’s game as Clayton Kershaw was placed on the bereavement list.

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

The injury news on Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is out, and it’s not what Los Angeles Dodgers fans were hoping for to say the least. The would-be starting shortstop for the very expensive Dodgers team will miss eight weeks after tearing a ligament in his thumb. MRIs revealed the tear and Hanley is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.

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San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

When players agreed to play in the World Baseball Classic, all the general managers across the league could hope for was a healthy return to their Major League squad when it was all over. In the case of Dodgers third baseman Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers may be on the verge of some devastating news after he left the WBC championship game in the 6th inning with a thumb injury.

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San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

“I’ll play third”. This is what Hanley Ramirez reportedly told Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena prior to the start of the World Baseball Classic. Pena was faced with the task of finding playing time for three shortstops in Ramirez, Jose Reyes, and Erick Aybar. Reyes and Ramirez have performed somewhat similarly at shortstop, at least in terms of defense, over the past few seasons. Ramirez, though, who converted to third base to begin 2012 with the Marlins, has become a bat-first player.

The Dominican Republic’s logjam at short is a nice problem to have for a brief tournament like the WBC. Reyes took the starting job, backed up by Aybar, and Ramirez split time between third and designated hitter. This poses a bit of problem for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are heading into the 2013 season with Ramirez tabbed as their starting shortstop, and the 29-year old has not played the position in nearly three weeks.

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners

As we can expect for the next 15 years so, Mike Trout made a bunch of news out of a seemingly mundane act on the weekend. Mike Trout saw his contract renewed at just $20 000 above the league minimum despite posting eye-popping numbers with which your a very likely familiar. .326/.399/.564, 30 HR, 49 SB, highlight reel defense, 10 WAR, Rookie of the Year, runner-up for AL MVP, blah blah blah.

That the Angels would not extend Mike Trout a modicum of grace and bump his contract by more than they are obligated by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement doesn’t sit well with some folks – some folks including Mike Trout’s agent and, presumably, Mike Trout himself.

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