MIAMI (AP) -- Three hours before game time, Hanley Ramirez entered the Miami Marlins' ballpark, began looking for the visitors clubhouse and nearly walked into a stadium kitchen by mistake.
He had cleanup duty, but not there. Ramirez eventually found his way to his new team and was in the lineup against his old club Friday night, batting fourth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He returned to Miami barely two weeks after being traded, and conceded he wasn't thrilled to be playing a three-game series against the Marlins so soon.
"A little weird," Ramirez said. "We couldn't play three games in one day and get it over with."
Ramirez was the NL Rookie of the Year with the Marlins in 2006 and had been the foundation of their lineup ever since. But they tore up that blueprint July 25, trading Ramirez along with left-handed reliever Randy Choate for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and a minor-league pitcher.
Ramirez departed without ever leading the Marlins to a playoff game.
"I couldn't get ...