Gardner went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles and added two steals in Monday's win over the Twins.
Gardner has been noticeably more aggressive on the basepaths of late, and he's now 22-for-27 in that department to give him his highest total there since he stole 24 bags in 2013. It's encouraging that the 34-year-old is finding a way to stay productive with his legs -- even though his 20 home runs are already a career high, he's left the yard just once since July 29.
Nunez will test is injured knee when he attempts to run the bases at Camden Yards on Wednesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Nunez strained the PCL in his right knee 10 days ago and hasn't done much since. Wednesday's session will give the Red Sox an indication of where he's at in his recovery. Manager John Farrell will probably have him test the knee one more time in hopes having Nunez back in the lineup for this weekend's series in Cincinnati.
Ozuna went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI during Monday's win over the Mets.
After an inconsistent start to September, Ozuna has gone 7-for-13 with three RBI and three runs through his past three games. The 26-year-old outfielder has already cruised to career-high marks across the board with 34 homers, 113 RBI, 83 runs and a .305/.367/.539 slash line.
Ramirez (biceps) entered Monday's game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Boston's 10-8 extra-inning win over Baltimore.
Ramirez has been held out of the starting lineup for four consecutive games, but has begun to hit in pre-game warmups and was nearing a return to the lineup. The decision to use him as a pinch hitter Monday -- he struck out for Deven Marrero -- is a sign that he could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Collins finished the 2017 at Double-A Birmingham, posting an .893 OPS over 12 games with the Barons.
Collins came out of college with a reputation as a sure-thing bat with questions surrounding his defense, however, his season played out the opposite way. He batted just .224 while striking out 27.3 percent of the time over his 471 plate appearances. It's not uncommon for young catchers to experience an initial dip in offense as they learn the defensive aspects of such a demanding position at the professional level. One noteworthy item the stands out is that Collins walked in 18.5 percent of his plate appearances to post a .370 on-base percentage. There's nobody blocking him at the major-league level, so Collins could reach Chicago as a regular by 2019 if his defense remains on the same trajectory.
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