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Baseball notebook: Manny lands on DL again

Manny Ramirez is back on the disabled list for the third time this season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger has a strained right calf and has been out since leaving Friday’s game at St. Louis in the first inning with tightness in his calf. The team made the move after Ramirez underwent an MRI exam.

Ramirez could be out about three weeks.

Ramirez was hitless in three at-bats last Thursday against the Cardinals in his first game since returning from the DL with a strained right hamstring. He went on the DL for the first time from April 23-May 8 with a strained right calf, although the team said his current injury isn’t related to that one.

Torre to decide future with Dodgers soon

With his contract expiring this season, Joe Torre says he’ll decide in the next month or so whether to continue his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He turned 70 last Sunday, but Torre says age won’t have any bearing in his decision.

Rangers prospect Santana suspended

Texas Rangers outfielder Cristian Santana – a former Spokane Indians player – has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for Formestane under baseball’s minor league drug program.

The 21-year-old is batting .260 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs for Hickory of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Braves’ Venters to appeal suspension

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters is appealing his four-game suspension for throwing consecutive pitches at Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder last weekend.

Clearing the bases

The Yankees have placed Andy Pettitte on the 15-day disabled list. … The Detroit Tigers have placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with a broken left hand. … Struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day DL by the Los Angeles Angels. Infielder Maicer Izturis was activated from the DL. … Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick has been sent to the minors, a day after giving up three home runs in one inning. … The Oakland Athletics activated left-hander Dallas Braden from the 15-day DL.

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