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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the 14-year veteran agreed to a minor league contract with the club Saturday.The Boston Red Sox designated Ramirez for assignment near the end of May to make room for 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia. That ended the three-time All-Star's second stint with the team he debuted with in 2005 Wade Boggs Jersey , as his most recent tenure came with high expectations after he signed a four-year, $88 million contract in November 2014.He sat out the remainder of the 2018 season. Meanwhile, the Red Sox set a franchise record with 108 regular-season wins en route a World Series title.After he underwentshoulder surgery in October 2017, the 35-year-old was hitting .254/.313/.395 with six home runs, seven doubles and 29 RBI in 44 games with the Red Sox. He started the season hitting .330 with three home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI through April but slumped through May with a .163 average and just five extra-base hits.Clevelandhas to be intrigued by some of Ramirez's splits. Five of his six home runs in 2018 came off right-handers, but he hit .333 against southpaws and .230 against righties. Not only that, but he also came up big in clutch situations. While hitting just .217 with the bases empty, he hit .294 with men on , .340 with runners in scoring position and .286 with runners in scoring position and two outs.He may no longer be the MVP candidate he once was, but he still has the ability to make an impact with his bat. He is, however, limited in the field. Despite having played shortstop, third base and left field throughout his career, he has not played anything other than first base or DH in the last three seasons.Ramirez hasn't faced big league pitching since May, so he may need time to get his bat going. If Clevelandgives him at-bats, he may prove he can still be a difference-maker. John Gant has turned from occasional spot starter to fixture in the St. Louis Cardinals‘ rotation. Now he needs to bounce back from his first bad start in six weeks.The right-hander gets the ball Friday night when St. Louis opens its last homestand of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants in Busch Stadium.After seven consecutive starts in which he had allowed no more than two earned runs while posting a 4-1 record and knocking his ERA down by nearly a full run, Gant was rocked in a 17-4 loss Saturday by the Los Angeles Dodgers.Article continues below ...In 4 1/3 innings Pedro Martinez Jersey , Gant (7-6, 3.53 ERA) yielded six hits and six runs, issuing four walks and fanning four. Free passes have been his only real weakness during his solid stretch, as he has walked 18 in his last five starts covering 28 innings.“I just have to come out and bear down harder than that,” Gant said to after losing to Los Angeles. “I can’t be walking those guys in that situation. I’ve got to be better for the team right there.”Gant will make his fourth career appearance against San Francisco and his second as a starter. He’s 0-0 in 10 innings with a 2.70 ERA.In his only start against the Giants this season, Gant gave up two runs, five hits and three walks over six innings, but did not get a decision in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss.The Cardinals (84-69) can’t afford another short start from Gant, not with their postseason lives at stake. They start the weekend 1 1/2 games ahead of Colorado for the National League’s second wild-card spot and three games behind Milwaukee for the top wild-card position.St. Louis is also 5 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central but could put itself into position to challenge for the division title with some help. St. Louis closes the regular season next weekend with three games at Wrigley Field.St. Louis could have edged closer to Chicago on Wednesday but dropped a 7-3 decision in Atlanta. Still Hanley Ramirez Jersey , manager Mike Shildt was pleased by taking two of three from the NL East leaders on their field.“If we win series, we’ll be fine,” he said to “Two out of three against a club leading their division? We feel pretty good about it.”While St. Louis is trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Giants (72-81) are playing out a few weeks’ worth of string after fading from contention in August. All they can do is ruin others’ hopes.In Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 3.14), San Francisco has a pitcher who is known for breaking hearts late in the season. The left-hander, who’s finishing his second straight injury-shortened season, is coming off a 3-0 win Saturday over Colorado that saw him fire six shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.This will be Bumgarner’s first start in St. Louis since the 2014 NLCS Bill Lee Jersey , when he did what he does best in October — deal. He tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1, notching a 3-0 win that started the Giants on the way to a 4-1 series victory.Bumgarner is 4-5 with a 4.61 ERA in nine regular-season starts against the Cardinals. He has started one game against St. Louis this season, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, but getting the win in the Giants’ 13-8 victory on July 8.