Manny Ramirez reported to the Texas Rangers’ triple-A affiliate yesterday and said he could play as early as Sunday.
The Rangers and the 41-year-old slugger agreed to terms on a minor-league contract on Wednesday. Ramirez hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011.
He worked out with the Round Rock Express and told reporters he hopes to play on Sunday or Monday.
Ramirez was suspended in 2009 and ’11 for testing positive for banned drugs.
“It will be interesting to see if he can help this team win,” Rangers outfielder David Murphy said. “From what I’ve seen in the past, it’s hard to believe that he can’t help us.”
Phillies 6, Pirates 4: Major-league loss leader Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, and Philadelphia beat Gerrit Cole and host Pittsburgh.
Hamels (3-11) gave up one earned run and five hits in winning for the first time since June 5.
Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907.
Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings.
Red Sox 8, Padres 2: Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double, David Ortiz had a two-run single, and Boston wrapped up a big homestand by handing San Diego its season-high sixth straight loss.
The Red Sox went 8-1 at Fenway Park to match their best homestand since June 2010.
Tigers 11, Blue Jays 1: Justin Verlander allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings and Don Kelly had three hits in place of Miguel Cabrera (stiff back) in Detroit’s win at Toronto.
Austin Jackson had four hits, including a two-run homer, and four RBI for the Tigers.
Jays catcher fires back at team broadcasters
Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia had some pointed criticism for his on-air critics.
In a morning appearance on a Toronto radio station, Arencibia fired back at Sportsnet analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun, former major leaguers who both played for the Blue Jays.
Hayhurst and Zaun have been critical of Arencibia’s play this season.
“There’s not one person in our clubhouse that respects those guys because they’re informing the fans the wrong way,” Arencibia said.
He said Hayhurst had “below-average baseball tools” and referred to Zaun’s inclusion in the Mitchell Report, baseball’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.
Arencibia is hitting .217.