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Farrell: Red Sox OF Ramirez will need time to adjust
by Marty Gitlin |

The difficulty transitioning into the outfield for Red Sox newcomer Hanley Ramirez could be seen Saturday against Baltimore, but John Farrell expressed an understanding that it will take time.

Ramirez misplayed a fly ball hit by Jimmy Paredes. He appeared to have a bead on it, but as the ball arrived at the wall, he made an unnecessary jump and it bounced off the heel of the glove.

"We knew it was going to be a transition for him," Farrell told WEEI radio. "There was going to be work to be done. ... To me, there's nothing alarming and the more games played, the more comfortable he's going to get."

Ramirez has certainly remained comfortable at the plate. He boasts a slugging percentage of .564.

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Wings' Mrazek Yanked, But Will Be Back For Game 3
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Mrazek was chased from the net Saturday after allowing four goals on 18 shots. The Red Wings eventually lost the game 5-1 to the Lightning, but coach Mike Babcock is going back to Mrazek to start Game 3.He has a lot of confidence in the scrappy little guy, but how much? Or is it just dissatisfaction with Jimmy Howard? We don't know, but he'll get a chance at redemption back on home ice.
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Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone throws two scoreless Saturday
by Brandon Wise |

Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone went two scoreless innings in Cleveland's 4-2 win over the Twins Saturday. Manager Terry Francona loves what he's seen from Hagadone so far, reports

"Hags threw the ball so well," Francona said. "He has the ability to do this. If you let an outing or two [affect your thinking], if you kind of put a guy in the penalty box, you're not going to get to see what he can do. That doesn't help anybody."

Hagadone has now thrown 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and just two walks with a 3.38 ERA.

"He did an outstanding job," closer Cody Allen said. "Hags is a big part of this team. He's a guy that I know Tito likes to lean on, because he's a left-hander that can get righties and lefties out. He's got great stuff. He did a great job for us last year and we're looking for him to do the same thing this year."

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Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez earns first win of the year
by Brandon Wise |

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez worked six strong innings in St. Louis' 5-2 win over the Reds Saturday. Martinez allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts in the outing.

His only mistake of the day came in the fifth inning when he allowed a lead off home run to Zack Cozart. He set the next three batters down in order. 

"He seems to have a pretty good feel for the changeup and the breaking ball, to kind of put a little more on, take a little off," manager Mike Matheny said to "That's something you don't necessarily teach. It's just a feel."

He will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Brewers.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch please with Josh Fields' (groin) progress
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was encouraged with pitcher Josh Fields' (groin) Triple-A outing on Friday, despite giving up a run on three hits in a relief appearance, reports the Houston Chronicle

"The reports are that was some of the best stuff that Fields has featured while on rehab," Hinch said. "So that’s a good sign. Gave up a run, threw just north of 20 pitches. His stuff was together. His changeup was really good. He’s inching closer to coming back." 

Fields, who is on the disabled list with a groin strain, is to make another relief outing on Sunday.

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