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Manny Ramirez starts off with a bang

Updated: November 15, 2012, 3:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Manny Ramirez homered on his first pitch of the Dominican winter league season.

Thousands of cheering fans stood and cheered as Ramirez came to bat in the bright yellow jersey of the Eagles, a team from the northern region of Cibao. Ramirez then drove his first pitch over the right-field fence.

The Eagles went on to lose Wednesday night's game 3-2 to the Escogido Lions.

Ramirez had last played in his Dominican Republic nearly 20 years ago. ...

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