MLB: Ramirez singles in latest debut
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Manny Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw for a single in his latest bid to return to the big leagues.
The 41-year-old slugger went 1-for-3 in his debut for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday night, three days after joining the Texas Rangers on a minor league contract.
Facing a top Kansas City pitching prospect in right-hander Yordano Ventura of Omaha, Ramirez singled on a soft line drive to right leading off the second.
Ramirez hit the first pitch again in the third, grounding into a fielder’s choice. He finished with a strikeout and a walk.
The 12-time All-Star hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 with Tampa Bay. A comeback try in the Oakland system failed last year.
He recently finished a three-month stint playing in Taiwan.
Jeter gets first hit of rehab
MOOSIC (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter singled and tested his surgically repaired ankle on the basepaths in his second rehabilitation game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
Working his way back from a twice-broken left ankle, Jeter was the designated hitter in rehab game No. 2 and finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a run. He will play shortstop for the RailRiders tonight.
Jeter walked in his first plate appearance and was erased on a double play before hitting a hard base hit through the hole on the left side of the infield his second time at-bat. He later scored on a home run.
After the second walk, he got a chance to run the bases for the first time. He went from first to third on a single to right field and slid into third base with ease.
The 39-year-old Jeter was 0-for-2 with a walk Saturday in his first game since breaking his ankle in the opener of the AL championship series Oct. 13.
Phils’ Howard placed on DL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For Ryan Howard, the pain became too much.
The Philadelphia Phillies put their slugging first baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of inflammation in his left knee.
“It was just really hard to move, really felt stiff,” Howard said Sunday after Philadelphia’s 7-3 win over Atlanta. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it. It was more sore than it would normally be.”
Howard was scheduled to have an MRI today.
“It’s tough because I definitely want to be out there. But at the same time I want to be smart about it,” he said.
The three-time All-Star is hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs.
“I felt I still could go out and play and try to give it a go,” he said.
Rockies’ Oswalt strains hamstring
PHOENIX (AP) — Colorado Rockies starter Roy Oswalt left Sunday’s game against Arizona with a strained left hamstring with two outs in the second inning.
The veteran right-hander ran to cover home plate after a wild pitch as the Diamondbacks’ Eric Chavez came home from third. The throw from catcher Wilin Rosario sailed past Oswalt, who immediately indicated he was hurt.
Oswalt had difficulty walking as he was accompanied into the Colorado dugout.