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Posted: Tuesday April 28, 2009 2:29AM; Updated: Tuesday April 28, 2009 2:29AM

Roundup: Dodgers create 'Mannywood' section

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Manny Ramirez now has a place to call his own at Dodger Stadium.

Starting Thursday, Los Angeles Dodgers fans will be able to sit in "Mannywood," a section of seats in left field named in honor of the team's left fielder.

The field level seats, located on the fair side of the foul pole and closest to Ramirez's playing position, will be sold in pairs with Mannywood T-shirts for $99. The price represents Ramirez's jersey number.

On May 5, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, fans who purchase tickets in Ramirez's seating section will receive a limited edition T-shirt with the Spanish phrase "Yo estuve en Mannywood," which means "I was in Mannywood."

Lidge sidelined with sore knee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brad Lidge has inflammation in his surgically repaired right knee that could keep the Philadelphia Phillies' star closer off the mound for the next few days.

Lidge had an MRI exam last week and is day to day. He had two operations on the knee before last season, but hopes to avoid the disabled list.

"We're trying to get rid of it as fast as possible," Lidge said Monday night. "It's frustrating, but I missed a few games last year at the start of the season, and when I came back I felt great. If I have to do the same thing this year, miss a couple of games, that's OK."

Lidge was unavailable for a ninth-inning save opportunity Monday night in the Phillies' 13-11 win over the Washington Nationals. Ryan Madson got three outs for his first save of the season.

Lidge converted all 48 save opportunities (including the postseason) last year while helping the Phillies win their second World Series title.

He said he started feeling discomfort in his knee during the April 10-12 series in Colorado. It's the same knee Lidge had surgically repaired twice before the 2008 season. He had torn cartilage fixed Oct. 1, 2007, then had his meniscus repaired on Feb. 25, 2008.

Hanley hit by pitch in first inning

NEW YORK (AP) -- Florida's Hanley Ramirez left Monday night's game against the New York Mets after getting hit by a pitch from John Maine in the first inning.

Ramirez was hit on the right hand by a 3-2 pitch, and a trainer and manager Fredi Gonzalez came out. Ramirez was immediately replaced by Ross Gload.

"It's just bruised and it hurts a lot," Ramirez said after Florida's 7-1 loss extended the Marlins' losing streak to seven. "It didn't hit any bone, and I'm glad, because I can be back soon."

Florida said X-rays were negative.

"The X-ray was good. It was swelling up on him, so we're going day to day," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If he feels up to it tomorrow, I'll play him."

Red Sox activate shortstop Lugo

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have activated shortstop Julio Lugo, who's been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in spring training.

To make room for Lugo, the Red Sox announced Monday that right-hander Michael Bowden was being returned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lugo was injured in a March 13 exhibition game against the New York Yankees. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the regular season.

Lugo was activated after a four-game rehab stint with Pawtucket. The team said he would be available for Monday's game at Cleveland.

Bowden was called up before Sunday's game against the Yankees and pitched two perfect innings in Boston's 4-1 victory.

Hawpe hit in neck by pickoff throw

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion after he was hit in the neck by San Diego catcher Nick Hundley's throw to second base in the sixth inning Monday night.

"We know he's doing OK," Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said after the Rockies' 12-7 victory.

Hawpe stayed on the ground as Rockies trainers rushed out to attend to him. He was rolled over, had a brace put around his neck and helped onto a cart, where he sat upright as he left the field, a medical staffer holding his neck.

The injury occurred when Hundley scooped a ball out of the dirt and fired a throw to second to try and pick off Hawpe, who was sliding back into the bag. The throw sailed to the shortstop side of the base.

A-Rod, Wang work out at Yankees' complex

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez increased the intensity of his workout and pitcher Chien-Ming Wang threw in the outfield Monday as part of their rehabilitation.

Rodriguez, who had surgery on his right hip March 9, could take live batting practice for the first time Tuesday. He might start playing in minor league games later this week and the Yankees expect him to rejoin the team by May 15.

"Feels good," Rodriguez said. "I'm taking it one day at a time."

The three-time AL MVP ran the bases for the third time in five days, and also added situational drills when taking grounders at third. He hit 13 homers on 89 swings in regular batting practice.

Wang threw in the outfield for 10 minutes and did sprints as part of a rehab program. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list early Saturday with weakness in his hips.

Wang, 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA in three starts, is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday.

"He's doing great," Yankees vice president Billy Connors said. "There is no discomfort. We did some drills that will help bring his velocity back to where it's got to be."

Valverde still hobbled by calf

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Houston Astros closer Jose Valverde reached down and pressed his right thumb against the side of his right shin. The tip of the thumb made an indentation that stayed long after he pulled his hand away.

His lower leg was so swollen on Monday that the Astros had to consider another plan to close games.

Valverde expects to be out for a few more days and could be headed for the disabled list because of the calf injury, which he suffered last week. He had a pronounced limp as he walked slowly around the clubhouse before the opening game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

"I'll take a couple more days," he said. "I can't do anything right now."

Valverde was hit near his right ankle by Orlando Hudson's grounder during an 8-5 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. He strained his right calf while chasing the ball after it bounced off his leg. Valverde stayed in the game and got the last two outs for his first save, but had to take a few days off.

He returned Sunday and pitched the ninth inning of a 3-2 win over Milwaukee, but said afterward that he felt tenderness in the calf. It was worse a day later.

"We'll give him a couple of days," manager Cecil Cooper said. "That's what he needs. He's a guy that we need. We can't have him limping around and going through the next two or three weeks like this. So, whatever it takes."

Delgado misses game after hurting hip

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carlos Delgado sat out the New York Mets' 7-1 victory over Florida on Monday night, a day after hurting his right hip while sliding on a triple.

Delgado said he felt sore after the triple and that he planned to see a doctor on Tuesday. He thought the injury was relatively minor.

"I don't see it as a DL," Delgado said. "We'll see how it feels in the morning, then we'll have an appointment and then we'll take it from there."

Delgado said he could have played if needed Monday night.

"When I went in the cage and started getting loose, it was a little sore. I figured I'd try to take care of it now," he said.

Fernando Tatis started at first base in his place and had a hit and a walk.

Padres purchase Gaudin's contract

DENVER (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have purchased right-hander Chad Gaudin's contract from Triple-A Portland and designated right-hander Eulogio De La Cruz for assignment.

Gaudin agreed to a minor league contract with San Diego on April 12 after he was released by the Chicago Cubs. He made two starts at Portland, throwing 8 2-3 scoreless innings without factoring in a decision.

Gaudin will start Tuesday night against the Rockies.

De La Cruz made three relief appearances this season, allowing two runs over 3 1-3 innings.

San Diego announced the moves before its game at Colorado on Monday night.

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