Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

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Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the
injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game
against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to work extra hard to figure out how to continue to not play him. Torre’s a Hall of Fame manager, though, so I’m sure he’ll figure something out.

As for Manny, after his mini-Operation Shutdown in 2008, his PED-suspension in 2009 and his hamstring this year, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with to get his annual summer vacation in 2011.  I’m thinking alien abduction. Or maybe he’ll just kidnap himself, Bunny Lebowski style.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.