Mannywood to return with Manny

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While writers and pundits decry the fact that Manny Ramirez isn’t being made into a total pariah as the result of his drug suspension, the fans are making their thoughts about the man very, very clear:

When Manny Ramirez returns to Dodger Stadium, so does Mannywood.

The fans have spoken, the Dodgers say. They want their “Mannywood”
T-shirts, and their special block of seats adjacent to left field.

When Ramirez was suspended May 7 for violating baseball’s drug
policy, the Dodgers withdrew the Mannywood promotion. He is scheduled
to be reinstated July 3, and the Dodgers plan to reinstate Mannywood on
July 16, in their first home game after his return.

“We decided to reopen Mannywood directly based on our fans’ interest,” Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said.

It’s important to remember that we watch baseball to be entertained.
Manny entertains people, and thank goodness most people appreciate that
that matters way more than the moral of ethics of PEDs, however
interesting a subject it may be.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.