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New Dodger Ramirez feels odd facing Marlins friends

MIAMI — Three hours before game time, Hanley Ramirez entered the Marlins' ballpark, began looking for the visitors clubhouse and nearly walked into a kitchen by mistake.

He had cleanup duty, but not there. Ramirez found his way to his new team and was in the lineup against his old club Friday, batting fourth for the Dodgers.

He returned to Miami barely two weeks after being traded and conceded he wasn't thrilled to be playing a three-game series against the Marlins so soon.

"A little weird," Ramirez said. "We couldn't play three games in one day and get it over with."

Ramirez was the National League rookie of the year with the Marlins in 2006 and had been the foundation of their lineup since. But the Marlins tore up that blueprint July 25, trading Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and a minor-league pitcher.

Ramirez departed without leading the Marlins to a playoff game. "I couldn't get it going my way," he said. "Seven years and we never could make it to the playoffs. But that's in the past."

He drew a mix of jeers and cheers when he batted for the first time in the second inning and popped out. But he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Twins bench infielder: Tsuyoshi Nishioka did not start against the Rays after going 0-for-12 with three errors at second base in three games against Cleveland. He had been at Triple A until his recall Monday.

Blue Jays: RHP David Carpenter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, the move coming after Toronto put 3B Brett Lawrie on the DL with a strained oblique. Toronto also claimed RHP Juan Abreu off waivers from Houston and will option him to Las Vegas.

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones, scratched from the lineup with a tight back, blamed his hotel bed. He said his back has gone bad in New York three or four times over his 19-year career. He hoped to return today.

Indians: DH Travis Hafner, on the DL with no timetable for a return, had an injection to relieve inflammation in his lower back.

Red Sox: The team signed OF Scott Podsednik just over a week after trading him to Arizona. Podsednik hit .387 with one homer and seven RBIs in 19 games for Boston before being dealt July 31. He was released by Arizona after declining an assignment to Triple A. … LHP Felix Doubront, whose velocity has fallen off, will miss his next start, so RHP Aaron Cook will go Wednesday against Baltimore.

White Sox: 1B Paul Konerko, who was elbowed in the head Tuesday during a play at first base, was placed on the seven-day concussion DL.

Yankees: Injured closer Mariano Rivera said he was working hard but would not push the pace if it means risking further damage to his injured right knee. "I want to pitch now," he said. "But that doesn't mean I will come back this year. It's that 1 percent we have to hope."

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