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Manny-Mania Begins With First Bomb

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ST. LOUIS - JULY 18: Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 18, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Manny Ramirez

By all accounts, Manny Ramirez's deep fly ball to left field on Monday night in Round Rock would've been a home run on the majority of nights in that ballpark, but for some reason, on that given night, the elements just weren't on his side and the ball descended on the warning track.

On Tuesday night, he didn't have that problem.

The 41-year-old, 12-time all-star slugger who's looking for redemption in Major League Baseball after an unceremonius ending to his career in 2011, hit his first home run since being signed to a minor-league deal by the Texas Rangers late last week.

There is no timetable for when the Rangers might call up Ramirez, if at all, but his 2-for-4 night on Tuesday with a homer and three RBIs put some optimism in the heads of Rangers fans who are watching their team search desparately for a right-handed power bat, especially with the looming concern of Nelson Cruz being suspended.

Ramirez might never sniff Arlington, but he's now 3-for-10 in three games with the Triple-A Express and is conforming 100 percent with team rules, including wearing a uniform that actually fits him and cutting off his long dreadlocks, which went from shorter dreadlocks in his debut Sunday to a shaved head on Tuesday.

Maybe he's prepping his dome for those summer dog-days in Arlington? Time will tell.

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