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Manny Goes 1-For-3 In Final Rehab Game

Manny Ramirez played in his final rehab game on Monday night, going 1-for-3 with with two strikeouts.

Ramirez is eligible to return to the Dodgers on Friday night against the Padres after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

The Dodgers originally planned to have Manny play in another rehab game on Tuesday, but because of the game's early start they didn't feel like it was needed.

"I don't think one more game is going to make that much difference," said general manager Ned Colletti.


Torre Isn't A Fan Of Interleague Play

Dodgers manager Joe Torre isn't a fan of interleague play, but he understands why it's a fan favorite.

"I'm not a big fan," Torre said. "It's a novelty for the fans; I think we're doing it for the fans. Which is fine.

"In certain cities, it works. I mean, we play the Angels, and, of course, Chicago with the White Sox and the Cubbies."

Via Los Angeles Times

Manny Drops To Seventh In All-Star Balloting

Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez has dropped to seventh place in the All-Star voting among NL outfielders.

There are just four days remaining in the balloting for starters.

Ramirez had 1,343,011 votes and trailed Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez (2,970,139), Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (2,654.061), the Mets' Carlos Beltran (2,085,028), the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (1,916,598), Philadelphia's Shane Victorino (1,642,248) and Milwaukee's Mike Cameron (1,345,763).

The top three outfielders are elected to start the annual game.


Dodgers Sign Infielder Ramon Nivar

The Dodgers signed infielder Ramon Nivar to a minor-league contract.

Nivar has played for the Orioles and Rangers, but hasn't played in the minor leagues since 2005.

He was playing for the independent league Newark Bears this season.

Via Diamond Notes

Manny Homers In Rehab Game

Manny Ramirez went 2-for-2 with a home run on Saturday night in yet another rehab game.

The Dodgers' left fielder is expected to rejoin the major league club on July 3.

He homered to left field in his first at-bat on Saturday.

"No, gracias," Ramirez said when asked if he would speak with the media.


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