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04/18/10 8:49 PM ET
Manny ties Schmidt for 14th on HR list
Dodgers slugger's 548th home run is pinch-hit blast
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez tied Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for 14th place on the all-time home-run list with No. 548 Sunday, a two-run pinch-homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Giants. Ramirez's homer off Giants reliever Sergio Romo on a 1-2 pitch was the second pinch-homer of his career and his second home run of this season. He did not start for the second consecutive game because of a tight right calf muscle and was pinch-hitting for reliever Ramon Troncoso. "He's certainly in an elite class, I don't think there's any question," manager Joe Torre said. "A good hitter has an idea of what he wants to hit, what pitch and the time to do it. It looked like a slider. He throws a lot of sliders, that's not a mystery. He has the presence to sit and wait for it." Ramirez stopped speaking to reporters early in Spring Training and had left the clubhouse by the time reporters arrived. "That was awesome; he's got a flare for the dramatic," said starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. "I'm just glad he's on our team. He's such a run producer; whether he's hitting homers or not, he gets RBIs. Still eight games or nine games this season or however many games, he's still a threat no matter what. If you ask the opposing pitcher, they still think he can hit it out of the yard." Ramirez's homer drove in Garret Anderson, who preceded the home run with a walk as a pinch-hitter. "His numbers speak for themselves," Anderson said. "You don't get to drive in 1,800 runs almost and not have an idea what you're doing. He has a plan and he executes it most times."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.