Just Manny being Manny

Manny Ramirez’s sometimes adventurous left-field play is in midseason form. We’re in the second inning of an A’s-Dodgers exhibition, and Jack Cust just lifted a long fly to left-center. Ramirez wandered over to the warning track and seemed to have a beat on the ball, only to let it go through his glove. Then he slipped on his rear in a big cloud of dust. That’s even more entertaining than watching him rip a homer, even for Dodger fans, I’m guessing. … Mark Ellis followed with another fly to left, which Ramirez caught and received a large ovation for.

A’s lefty Brett Anderson endured a rocky first inning, allowing three runs on four hits. I’m guessing his heart was beating pretty fast when Ramirez stepped in as the Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter. Manny smoked a single to left on the first pitch.

Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run homer in the top of the second, and the A’s lead 7-3 after two innings.

Joe Stiglich