Manny Ramirez works out with Rays

Updated: February 17, 2011, 7:07 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Manny Ramirez is ahead of schedule in his bid to re-establish himself as one of baseball's most fearsome sluggers.

The 12-time All-Star worked out with the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time Thursday, arriving at spring training with a "chip on my shoulder" and motivated to prove he's still a productive player.

Ramirez agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, joining Johnny Damon as the biggest offseason acquisitions by the AL East champions.

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