Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

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OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway.

As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t.

Torre confirmed to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times today that Ramirez told him Friday that he wanted to play in the American League. Mystery solved. Interestingly, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that Ramirez didn’t express a desire to play in the American League until Sunday, but then again, what do you expect him to say?

Ramirez, 38, has already had three stints on the disabled list this season, so a chance to be a designated hitter down the stretch could do wonders as he tries to boost his value headed into free agency this winter. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.

Video: Rafael Devers homers for his first major league hit

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Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers notched his first major league hit in style on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners. The 20-year-old smashed a solo home run to straightaway center field, padding his team’s lead to 2-0 in the third inning.

Per MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account, Devers is currently the youngest player in baseball at 20 years and 275 days. He went 0-for-4 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Tuesday’s 13-inning loss to the Mariners.