Tampa Bay Rays
Ramirez Apologizes After Shoving Traveling Secretary
ST. PETERSBURG - Manny Ramirez said he patched things up with a Boston Red Sox employee he reportedly shoved to the ground during an argument, and the club said the matter is over. The Providence Journal reported Monday that Ramirez pushed traveling secretary Jack McCormick in the visitors' clubhouse Saturday in Houston after McCormick told Ramirez that he might not be able to come up with the 16 tickets the player requested for that night's game. The two met behind closed doors, the newspaper said, and Ramirez apologized to McCormick. "Whatever happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse," Ramirez said before Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I talked to him and everything is fine. He's going to continue being my friend. It's over with."Manager Terry Francona said the matter was handled internally, and Ramirez was in the lineup Monday night. ORTIZ WON'T PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz plans to attend the All-Star Game, but won't play due to his injured left wrist. Ortiz likely will win the fan vote to be the starting AL DH. He has a partial tear of the sheath that surrounds his tendon. ASTROS: Shawn Chacon cleared waivers and was released by Houston on Monday, five days after a physical altercation with General Manager Ed Wade in the clubhouse. Michael Weiner, the general counsel of the players' association, said the union planned to file a grievance today. The union will claim the Astros improperly terminated the deal and that Chacon is owed the remaining $983,607 of his $2 million salary this year. The Astros said Chacon violated a provision in the uniform player contract that states the player may be terminated if he shall "fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct to the standards of good citizenship and good sportsmanship or to keep himself in first-class physical condition or to obey to the club's training rules." CUBS: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez will miss the first three games of the series at San Francisco to deal with a family matter in his native Dominican Republic. NATIONALS: Closer Chad Cordero will miss the rest of the season with a torn right labrum. TIGERS: Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman had surgery to correct a condition that caused a blood clot in his pitching arm.