MLB notebook: Francona says he 'bumped heads' with Ramirez in Boston

| Monday, June 2, 2014, 8:12 p.m.

Indians manager Terry Francona isn't waiting for an apology from Manny Ramirez.

Francona guided Boston to two World Series titles during eight seasons, and the Red Sox played in Cleveland on Monday night. He was asked about comments Ramirez made last week during an event honoring the 2004 Red Sox, who won the team's first title since 1918.

Ramirez apologized for his sometimes bizarre behavior in Boston but came short of saying he was sorry for pulling himself from the lineup before a game in 2008.

Francona said Ramirez “for the most part, was a really lovable guy.” Francona added that “sometimes we bumped heads.”

Ramirez is a player-coach in the minors for the Cubs.

• The Red Sox placed first baseman Mike Carp on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right foot. The Red Sox activated shortstop Stephen Drew, who made his season debut Monday night against the Indians. Boston also recalled outfielder Daniel Nava.

• First baseman Jose Abreu was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the White Sox after missing 14 games because of tendinitis in his left ankle. The rookie slugger from Cuba rejoined the club Monday for the start of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. When he left the lineup, he led the majors with 15 home runs and ranked second with 42 RBIs.

• The Angels' lineup is expected to be at full strength when the team begins a three-game series against the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. Left fielder Josh Hamilton, out since April 9 because of a torn left thumb torn, will be activated, and center fielder Mike Trout is expected back after sitting out two games because of back stiffness.

• Highly touted Astros prospect Jon Singleton agreed to a five-year contract and will make his major league debut Tuesday. The 22-year-old was hitting .267 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Marlins, pending a physical. Gregg, 35, pitched last year for the Cubs and had 33 saves with a 3.48 ERA.

• The Mets placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the 15-day disabled list with a ribcage injury and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas.

— AP

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