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Ramirez says he wasn't giving up on ball

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez defended his play Tuesday and took shots at his manager and teammates, a day after he was pulled from a game for not hustling.

Ramirez, a two-time All-Star and last year's NL batting champion, wasn't in manager Fredi Gonzalez's starting lineup against Arizona. On Monday night, he accidentally kicked a ball and then lightly jogged after it, allowing two runs to score.

"It's his team. He can do whatever," Ramirez said of Gonzalez, mixing in an expletive. "There's nothing I can do about it. That's OK. He doesn't understand that. He never played in the big leagues."

Responded Gonzalez: "He's right, but I know how to play the game. I played six years in the minor leagues and I know what it takes to play this game and I know the effort it takes to play this game."

The trouble for Ramirez started in the first inning Monday night after he fouled a ball off his left shin and was tended to by a trainer. He grounded into a double play and did not run full speed down the line.

Ramirez's costly misplay came the next inning after Tony Abreu's looper fell near him in short leftfield. Ramirez booted the ball about 100 feet toward the corner and slowly chased it.

"I wasn't trying to give up," said Ramirez, the Marlins' highest-paid player after signing a six-year, $70-million contract in 2008. "That was the hardest I could go after the ball." Ramirez was replaced by Brian Barden an inning after the play.

Barden started in place of Ramirez Tuesday and had two RBIs during an 8-0 win over Arizona. Josh Johnson (4-1) pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Cameron Maybin and Dan Uggla had back-to-back home runs.

Reds 5, Brewers 4

Scott Rolen hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Trevor Hoffman (1-3) and Joey Votto delivered an RBI single off the wall as host Cincinnati won for the 10th time in their final at-bat. Hoffman has blown five of 10 save opportunities.

Rays 6, Indians 2

Evan Longoria drove in three runs and David Price (6-1) pitched six strong innings for host Tampa Bay.

Blue Jays 11, Twins 2

Edwin Encarnacion came off the disabled list and hit one of host Toronto's four home runs. The Blue Jays lead the majors with 65 home runs.

White Sox 6, Tigers 2

Juan Pierre's two-run double and run-saving catch in the fourth inning helped visiting Chicago. - AP

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