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Status of Ramirez up in air

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense is struggling, and they might have to face Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the N.L. championship series.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan on his left ribs Sunday, and the results were not yet available. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday.

Ramirez was a late scratch for Game 2, a 1-0 defeat that left the Dodgers trailing St. Louis 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Wainwright will start for the Cardinals tonight against rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu, who stumbled against Atlanta in the NLDS.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez keeps telling him he is going to play.

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