Manny Ramirez in the White Sox's lineup and hitting fifth today

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After catching an early morning flight to Cleveland yesterday Manny Ramirez was apparently too tired to be in the White Sox’s starting lineup, so he merely appeared briefly in the on deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter before eventually sitting back down when A.J. Pierzynski smacked a three-run homer in front of him.
Now that he’s presumably well-rested, Ramirez is in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Indians and will make his White Sox debut starting at designated hitter and batting fifth between Paul Konerko and Mark Teahen.
Chicago trails Minnesota by four games in the AL Central with 30 games left to play, so even if Ramirez proves all the naysayers wrong about his current level of ability it may not be enough for the White Sox to catch the Twins. If the Twins play .500 ball down the stretch the White Sox would have to go 19-11 just to tie them, and Minnesota is 30-14 (.682) in the second half.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.