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Ventura gives Ramirez first off-day of season

Ventura gives Ramirez first off-day of season

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CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez took his first day off this season and wasn't in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale with the Astros. Manager Robin Ventura said that if Ramirez had a regular backup at shortstop, he might have gotten an off-day sooner.

"I would say he would have gotten one," Ventura said. "There are times where you could see he could use a day, where he was fatigued. The way he's playing, you give him a day, and with the day off it turns into two. So he can recharge."

Ramirez is hitting .287 with four home runs and 41 RBIs. He is tied with Baltimore's Chris Davis for fourth in the American League with 36 doubles.

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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