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Rangers sign Ramirez

– Texas signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league contract Wednesday. Ramirez hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBI for the Taiwan Rhinos.

Ramirez’s last major league appearance was with Tampa Bay in 2011. He was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.

Around the leagues

The White Sox placed slugger Paul Konerko (back) and reliever Jesse Crain (right shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list. The team also recalled third baseman Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of left-hander David Purcey from the minor league club. … Baltimore optioned infielder Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk. … Arizona placed infielder Willie Bloomquist (hand) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno. … The Yankees placed infielder Jayson Nix (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list and signed infielder Luis Cruz. … Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice and turned a double play at third in the second game of his rehab stint with Class-A Charleston.