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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez singles in first at-bat in minors

07.08.13 at 7:53 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA Summer League: Thunder vs. Magic, 11 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: 76ers vs. Pacers, 1 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Pistons, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Nets vs. Heat, 5 p.m. (NBA)

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Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez singled on the first pitch he saw and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his debut for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas, on Sunday night.

The 41-year-old Ramirez, who is trying to return to the majors after retiring on controversial terms early in the 2011 season, batted cleanup as the Express’ designated hitter in a 4-0 victory over Omaha.

“I am just happy, my wife is happy,” Ramirez told reporters after being welcomed by 8,910 fans who chanted his name. “I am working very hard and we’ll see where it goes. But it is a fun ride.”

The former Red Sox star expressed confidence he get get back to the majors and finish on his terms, rather than with the threat of a suspension from Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drugs being the reason he stopped playing.

“We all do a lot of things when we are young, but if you can make it through the fire, you are changed, made better and ready for anything else,” he said.

♦ Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, whose bail was revoked June 27 after two failed drug tests, was released from jail on Sunday pending his trial for intoxication manslaughter.

Brent allegedly was driving his truck on Dec. 8 when it crashed, killing teammate Jerry Brown. Authorities said Brent’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Brent, who remains on the Cowboys roster, tested positive for marijuana and May and again in June.

♦ Giants linebacker Don Connor became the latest NFL player to be arrested this offseason, as he was taken into custody at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday after a switchblade was found in his luggage.

Connor, 27, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and released on his own recognizance.

A team spokesman said Connor is “cooperating with the authorities in Philadelphia.”

Connor, who played last season with the Cowboys before signing with the Giants in March, is the 30th active NFL player to be arrested since the Super Bowl. Four free agents also have been arrested.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 8, 1994, which Red Sox infielder turned an unassisted triple play in the top of the sixth — and then homered to lead off the bottom of the inning — during a 4-3 victory over the Mariners?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “After repeated attempts by ‘hackers’ to try to damage my reputation I have decided to shut down my Twitter account for a while.” – Former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, after a homophobic tweet was sent out over the weekend

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 – Strikeouts by Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp in four at-bats during Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Angels, leaving him with 42 whiffs on 134 plate appearances this season (a 31 percent rate)

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nets rookie Mason Plumlee shows off a nice spin move and dunk in Sunday’s NBA Summer League game against the Pistons.

Third baseman Leonardo Reginatto of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays’ Class-A team) catches a foul ball before falling into the dugout.

An unsuspecting cameraman is drilled by a wayward tire during Sunday’s Formula One race in Neurburgring, Germany. The cameraman reportedly had a fractured shoulder and cracked rib.

TRIVIA ANSWER: John Valentin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Beck was born on this day in 1970.

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