Charge against Ramirez is dismissed
FORT LAUDERDALE - A Florida prosecutor has dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against baseball star Manny Ramirez because his wife won't cooperate in the investigation. A spokesman for Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz said Friday the office was unable to serve a subpoena on Ramirez's wife, who was the alleged victim. Ramirez had pleaded not guilty to slapping his wife, Juliana Ramirez, in the Sept. 12 incident, in which she said her head struck a bed headboard. The 2004 World Series MVP with the Boston Red Sox is at spring training with the Oakland Athletics. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox.Ramirez must sit out the first 50 games this season because of a violation of MLB drug policy. ROYALS: Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon has agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016. The team had been working on a long-term deal with Gordon for several months. Gordon has a breakthrough season in 2011, hitting .303 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs. He also won his first Gold Glove, setting a franchise record with 20 outfield assists. BRAVES: Livan Hernandez agreed Friday to a $750,000, one-year contract with Atlanta, a short time after he was released from a minor-league deal with the Houston Astros. After being released at noon, Hernandez arrived at the Braves' spring training complex, about 15 miles away. Hernandez is the active leader in starts (474) and innings (3,1212/3). The right-hander was the opening-day starter for Washington last season and went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts for the Nationals. ANGELS: Albert Pujols homered and C.J. Wilson had another strong start in a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pujols hit his fifth spring homer off Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter. Wilson worked 61/3 innings and allowed five hits and one run — Justin Upton's fourth homer in the first. Wilson lowered his spring ERA to 1.33 after five outings. GIANTS: San Francisco has released infielder Mike Fontenot and placed second baseman Freddy Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list along with pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, Eric Surkamp and Dan Runzler. CARDINALS: After notching his third win of the spring in a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday, Kyle Lohse said he's ready to make St. Louis' opening day start. Lohse allowed only one unearned run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings. The right-hander also drove in a run. INDIANS: Cleveland right-hander Derek Lowe doesn't think his sore back is a serious problem. The 38-year-old left Thursday's start after three innings with tightness near his right ribcage. He said he felt better and doesn't expect to go on the disabled list for the first time in his career. ANGELS: Jason Isringhausen has made the roster and is set for his 16th major-league season. The Angels selected the contract of the 39-year-old reliever from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and optioned outfielder Mike Trout to the minor-league team. RANGERS: Texas released veteran first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe from his minor-league contract following the team's loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night. BLUE JAYS: Toronto has acquired right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday for a player to be named and cash.
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