- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez was scratched his first scheduled spring training start because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Ramirez had been in the lineup as a designated hitter for the Dodgers’ exhibition against South Korea on Thursday. He was replaced by Mark Loretta.

Ramirez has been working out with the Dodgers since agreeing last week to a $45 million, two-year contract. He can void the deal after one season.

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