- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez was surrounded by reporters in the Dodgers clubhouse after making his long-anticipated debut, when teammate Orlando Hudson questioned the necessity of the session.

“What are you interviewing that guy for?” Hudson said after Los Angeles beat a Texas Rangers split squad 4-3 Friday. “All he did was walk. Walks, thats all we get? Big deal.”

Houdson, of course, knew there was no bigger deal at the Dodgers’ camp. It didn’t matter that Ramirez walked in the first and third innings _ he also had a single in the fifth.

What mattered was that the eccentric slugger was back on the field after agreeing last week to a $45 million, two-year contract, which he can void the deal after one season.

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