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Ramirez, Ethier expected in Game 6 lineup

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and center fielder Andre Ethier plan to be in the lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Ramirez, who has a fractured rib, was removed from the last two games in the seventh inning due to pain. He missed Game 2 of the series after sustaining the injury in the series opener.

Ethier, who has a fractured left ankle, also missed Game 2 but played in the last three games.

"Andre, I expect to play," Mattingly said. "I think he felt probably as good yesterday as he's felt since coming back. He just seems to get a little bit stronger as far as being out on the field. We checked on him late. We thought about if we were going to defend for him late. We were comfortable with what we were seeing, and he was comfortable also. So I expect him, for sure, to be able to play.

"I expect the same thing from Hanley. I think he'll try to play. He's been trying to play every day. I think he'll do the same as far as going out there and doing the best he can for us and we'll just make an assessment tomorrow as we do the lineup."

The team is traveling to St. Louis for Game 6 and possibly Game 7. The Cardinals lead the series 3-2.
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