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Dodgers' Ramirez, Tigers' Martinez shrug off injuries

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez planned to play through injuries on Wednesday in their respective league championship series.

Ramirez left Game 4 of the National League Championship Series after six innings on Tuesday night when he was bothered by pain from a fractured rib in his left side. He received treatment that included ice, steam and ultrasound therapy in preparation for his start in Game 5 of the series in Los Angeles.

Martinez tweaked his left quadriceps while running to first base after a single in the ninth inning of Game 3 against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series on Tuesday in Detroit. He left the Tigers' 1-0 loss for a pinch runner.

But Martinez, who went 2-for-4 in Game 3 and is 13-for-31 in the playoffs, said it's no big deal. "Just a little cramp, but that was it," he said after the game. "Anyway, I was going to get a pinch runner, so not a big deal."

The Tigers faced a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-seven ALCS.

Ramirez said the Dodgers' medical staff tried to take him out of the game earlier.

"I said I wanted to stay in. But I got to the point that I had to come in and get treatment," he said.

"It's going to be hard. I'm going to try to play (Wednesday)."

The Dodgers trailed 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after losing 4-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4. Ramirez went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

"He's feeling a little something," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think we're seeing it at the plate. It looks for me a little bit backsided. When guys can really hit, they're going to use that front side. It looks like he's kind of favoring, going to that back side."
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