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Expect numbers from Manny Ramirez

9/2/2010

A Ramirez homered for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, but it was not Manny Ramirez in his debut with the team. Manny hit a bloop single in three at-bats, batting fifth and manning the designated hitter slot. Expect that .333 batting average to continue, and power comes with it. Meanwhile, Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez has 16 home runs. The leader among MLB shortstops is Alex Gonzalez at 21.

Cleveland Indians prospect Carlos Carrasco made his season debut Wednesday, taking a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning and allowing three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Last year, Carrasco (now 23) had an 8.87 ERA and 2.28 WHIP in five starts. He should be better this time.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Brandon Allen made his season debut Wednesday, starting in left field and hitting a grand slam in three at-bats. Allen, who hit .202 in 104 at-bats with the big club last year, hit 25 home runs for Triple-A Reno this season. If you need power in an NL-only league, look Allen's way.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went hitless in three at-bats in his big league debut Wednesday. Freeman, 20, isn't likely to see much playing time with Derrek Lee the starter, but like the Phillies' Domonic Brown, he'll pinch hit and you'll want him in 2011. Freeman hit .319 with 88 RBIs at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Much-maligned New York Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett tossed six strong innings Wednesday, fanning eight Oakland Athletics and allowing three runs on six hits. Burnett had been lit up in his past two outings for 15 runs and 20 hits in 10 1/3 innings, so this is a nice change. Burnett, currently being cut in standard mixed leagues, has historically pitched the best in September (3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).

Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan stole two bases Wednesday, his first in nine games, then was later involved in a bench-clearing brawl. Fantasy owners should prepare for a considerable suspension involving Morgan, owned in 54.8 percent of leagues. He is second in the NL in steals.