Hanley Ramirez volunteered to play third base when the Red Sox needed emergency infield help

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Boston needed emergency infield help Tuesday night. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval exited the game after being hit on the foot by a pitch and shortstop Xander Bogaerts was already sidelined by a knee injury, so manager John Farrell asked shortstop-turned-left fielder Hanley Ramirez if he’d be willing to move back to the infield.

Ramirez said yes, at which point Farrell gave him the choice between shortstop and third base. Despite logging more than 9,000 innings at shortstop, including 115 starts there for the Dodgers last season, Ramirez picked third base because he didn’t want to make Bogaerts’ fill-in, super-utility man Brock Holt, move positions again:

Brock. He’s a good shortstop. He made a couple plays in the beginning of the game, so why do I want to move him to third when he’s been feeling good at short? So I said I’ll just go to third.

Ramirez does have some experience at third base, starting 97 career games there, but he hasn’t played the position regularly since 2012 with the Marlins. Holt was very appreciative of Ramirez’s gesture, telling Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com:

It’s huge. Especially a guy with his tenure and his stature, you know? He could have easily said, “No, I don’t want to do that,” but he did because we needed it. And I think that speaks volumes to the guys we have in this clubhouse and I think everyone’s rooting for each other and everyone is pulling for each other and everyone wants to win. So that showed it tonight.

Ramirez is also helping the Red Sox win by hitting .281 with three homers and a .914 OPS through seven games of a four-year, $88 million contract.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.