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By The Sports Xchange March 10, 2013 7:21 PM
Manny Ramirez: TaiwanNext stop for
One of the baseball's most feared sluggers, the 40-year-old right-handed hitter had been trying to latch on with a team during spring training, but had no luck. Ramirez will arrive in Taiwan on Monday with a .312 career batting average and 555 home runs to his credit. CBSSports.com reports that Ramirez has agreed to sign with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan. This trip will not be Ramirez's first foray into Taiwan. He played exhibition games there while he was a member of the Dodgers in 2010. Ramirez batted .302 playing for Sacramento, Oakland's Triple-A, club last year but was released. Ramirez last was seen in the majors with Tampa Bay in 2011 when he went 1-for-17 before being suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. ---After Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan met with team co-owners Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, it appears Ryan will remain the team's CEO for the time being. Whether he will remain in that position for the long term is still unclear. Ryan issued a statement on Sunday, according to CBSSports.com, which said, among other things, "We agreed these discussions will continue as we go forward." Several media outlets reported Ryan was not pleased with a front office restructuring that reduced Ryan's power. ---An MRI revealed that Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is suffering from inflammation in both heels, and as a result will be shut down for five to seven days. Manager John Farrell indicated the setback probably means Ortiz will not be ready by opening day. ---World Baseball Classic Inc. announced there would be no fines or suspensions as the result of an on-field brawl in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 victory over Mexico. More punches were thrown than landed in Saturday's melee in Phoenix, but several players clearly had malicious intent. Seven were ejected and a handful of fights erupted in the announced crowd of 19,581. ---St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back, but is expected to miss only three days of spring training. Matheny was scheduled to be in St. Louis on Monday and return to Jupiter, Fla., no later than Thursday. --- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played in his first spring-training game Saturday as a designated hitter and singled on the first pitch in his first at-bat. Jeter again will serve as the Yankees' DH on Monday, and then he's hoping to get some time at shortstop, possibly this week.