Ramirez returns to Dodgers' lineup

Updated: May 22, 2010, 1:10 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez returned to the lineup for Friday night's game against Detroit after not starting either of the two previous games because of an injury to the little toe on his left foot.

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Ramirez batted third and played left field. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI in the Dodgers' 4-1 win.

Casey Blake, center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Jamey Carroll were also in the lineup.

The list of those who were given the night off against Tigers left-hander Dontrelle Willis included first baseman James Loney and second baseman Blake DeWitt, both of whom are left-handed hitters, and catcher Russell Martin, who is 4 for 8 with a home run in his career against Willis and entered the day with a career-high, 15-game hitting streak.

Martin had started 22 consecutive games behind the plate.

Loney pinch hit in the eighth and grounded out.

Ramirez hurt himself swinging his leg in the training room as part of his regular pregame routine just before game time on Wednesday. He accidentally kicked a table, injuring the toe, and was scratched from that night's lineup. After an X-ray showed nothing serious, Ramirez pinch-hit in that game, striking out. He then sat out Thursday night's game against San Diego even though he was available to pinch-hit.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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