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MLB notebook: Rangers sign Ramirez to minor league deal

| Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

• The Rangers signed veteran outfielder Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract. Ramirez spent three months playing in Taiwan before leaving the team June 20. Ramirez's last major league appearance was with Tampa Bay in 2011. A lifetime .312 hitter, Ramirez, 41, is 14th on the career home runs list with 555.

• Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice and turned a double play on his only chance at third in the second game of his minor league rehab stint with Single-A Charleston. Rodriguez is recovering from left hip surgery in January.

• The White Sox placed slugger Paul Konerko and reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list. Konerko has a strained lower back, and Crain has a strained right shoulder.

• Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta is “iffy” to make his next start because of a strained left hamstring, and left fielder Ryan Braun (thumb) might be back earlier than expected after a good round of hitting in the batting cage.

• The Diamondbacks placed backup infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left hand and recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno.

• The Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the paternity list and optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.

• The Yankees placed infielder Jayson Nix on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring and signed former Pirates infielder Luis Cruz.

— AP

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