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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hard work paying off for Ramirez

By Josh Davis

Before Wednesday night’s game against Oakland, catcher Max Ramirez said he was working on establishing a rhythm with his pitchers and was excited to get his bat back in the lineup.

After the game, the strides he’s made were clear.

Ramirez worked brilliantly with Derek Holland, with whom he shared three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and went 3-4 from the plate including a sixth-inning home run.

Ramirez said it was business as usual for him and Holland in the Rangers’ 10-1 win.

“We worked together well in Oklahoma, so we’re trying to do the same job here,” Ramirez said. “We tried to make the outs and make good pitches, and it was a good game.”

The two were so in sync, Ramirez had Holland shaking off calls strictly to throw off batters—the pitches remained the same.

As for his plate success, Ramirez credited patience for his solid night of hitting, especially on the home run he hit off Oakland’s Chad Gaudin.

“I was waiting for a good pitch to hit and he threw me a good sinker in, and I tried to get it to the middle and I hit it pretty good,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez is now 5-13 for a .385 batting average.