Ramirez fifth among NL outfielders
NEW YORK -- Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez remained fifth among NL outfielders in the latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball's drug policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star Game is 11 days later in St. Louis.
The Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez leads NL outfielders with 1,415,493 votes, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (1,269,033), the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran (1,092,516) and the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (1,078,904). Ramirez is fifth with 838,353 in results released Monday.
Ramirez hit .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 27 games before he was suspended May 7.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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