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Dolphins, Patriots battle for division lead

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Dolphins, Patriots battle for division lead

Red Sox sign Johnny Damon

BOSTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Outfielder Johnny Damon, the premier leadoff hitter on the free-agent market, Friday signed a four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Analysis: The baseball billions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, in 1961, the first year I followed it, had total revenues of 9,500 pounds ($26,600 then, equivalent to about $150,000 now) out of which it had to pay salaries for the five month cricket season, six days a week, for sev
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Suzuki wins American League MVP

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- After taking the major leagues by storm and

Bonds leads free-agent class

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Home run king Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics were among a whopping 104 players to file for free agency Monday

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Red Wings win sixth straight
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Juan Gonzalez becomes free agent
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Mariners, Giants lead Silver Slugger team

SEATTLE, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, second baseman Bret Boone and designated hitter Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners highlighted the 2001 Louisville Silver Slugger

Tribe drops all-star Gonzalez

CLEVELAND, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- In what may come as a surprise to many of their fans, the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday declined to pick up the 2002 option on Juan Gonzalez, making the star o
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Manny Ramirez
Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Ramirez takes warm up swings in the ondeck circle during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 27, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Manuel "Manny" Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a retired Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder. He was recognized for great batting skill and power, a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of 25 players to hit 500 career home runs. Ramirez's 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 28 post-season home runs are the most by any player in MLB history. He was a fixture in the All-Star Game with 12 appearances including eleven consecutive beginning 1998.

Ramirez was allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003. In 2009 he was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug. According to steroid dealer Victor Conte, hCG is often used to restart natural testosterone production after a steroid cycle.

In 2011 Ramirez was informed of another violation of the drug policy, and he retired from baseball on April 8, 2011, rather than continue with the process entailed by a positive test, which would have included a 100-game suspension.

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