Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ramirez Dons Dodger Blue; Ex-Marlin Arrives Here after Late-Night Trade, Is Expected to Add Power to LA Lineup at Shortstop, Third Base

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ramirez Dons Dodger Blue; Ex-Marlin Arrives Here after Late-Night Trade, Is Expected to Add Power to LA Lineup at Shortstop, Third Base

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In the visitors clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers slipped a No. 13 tag in a slot above a locker. They put three shirts, a warm-up jacket and some jerseys on hangers. To the side was a pair of royal blue socks with white HR initials already sewn on.

The Dodgers were ready for infielder Hanley Ramirez, whom they acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins about an hour after midnight. He arrived shortly after 4 p.m., changed into his uniform and joined his new teammates outside for stretching and batting practice. He had a game to play.

"It's a new beginning tonight," Ramirez said before the game.

Starting at third base, Ramirez backed up the statement with his first at-bat for the Dodgers in the second inning. He hit a triple off the center field wall and ended up scoring, then added a run- scoring single in the sixth.

The Los Angeles club hopes there's much more of that to come. It took advantage of the Marlins' latest fire sale with hopes that the talented but underachieving infielder will not only provide a quick momentum boost this season but establish a formidable middle lineup, along with center fielder Matt Kemp and right fielder Andre Ethier, for years to come.

"You create more threats in the middle of our order. They're 3-4- 5 tonight," manager Don Mattingly said. "I look at it not just (in terms of) tonight but (as) three 28- or 29-year-olds at the prime of their careers having a chance to put something together, and us building around those guys."

The new Dodgers ownership's willingness to pick up his contract is a sign they are serious about doing what it takes to win.

They are absorbing $40 million of Ramirez's contract, which runs through 2014. They traded pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and a minor-league player Scott McGough to the Marlins while also receiving lefthanded reliever Randy Choate.

"It's basically them doing what they said they wanted to do," Mattingly said before Wednesday's game. …

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