Ramirez (1-0) earned the win in relief Saturday against Houston in Game 2 of the doubleheader. He tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit with no walks and no strikeouts. Ramirez was coming off a woeful appearance against the Padres -- allowing two runs in one-third of an inning -- but he bounced back admirably here. Ramirez can have an off night from time to time, but he has allowed runs in just three of his last 10 appearances, posting a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings across that stretch.
Ramirez and the Angels agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Ramirez threw 67.2 innings for the Angels last season, finishing with a decent 3.99 ERA. His 28.2 percent strikeout rate and 7.1 percent walk rate were each better than league average.
Ramirez will be the opener Tuesday against the Yankees. Ramirez has opened six contests for the Angels this season. He has a 4.91 ERA in 7.1 innings in that role and a 3.93 ERA in 55.0 frames as a reliever.
Ramirez will serve as the opener Sunday against the White Sox. Ramirez has a 4.19 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 69:18 K:BB through 58 innings, and it will be his sixth "start" of the season. Jaime Barria is scheduled to follow as the primary pitcher for the Angels.
Ramirez allowed a run on two hits over 1.1 innings and struck out one batter as the opener in Saturday's 6-5 win over the White Sox. He did not factor in the decision. Ramirez was returning from a three-game suspension served after he missed time with an illness. The only run he allowed came on a groundout by Tim Anderson that scored Leury Garcia after his leadoff triple. Ramirez has a 3.24 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 50 innings this season.
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