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Ramirez 1-for-3 in Triple A Debut


ROUND ROCK (July 7, 2013) -- 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.


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