The former Augusta GreenJacket hit his second home run and Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings Saturday but a Miami Marlins split squad lost to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, 5-2.
The Marlins trailed 1-0 when Ramirez connected off Carl Pavano for a long two-run homer to left-center with two outs in the fifth.
“I feel great. It’s way different (than last year). Everybody knows I wasn’t 100 percent,” said Ramirez, who hit .342 in 2009 to win the National League batting title.
Ramirez, who also drew two walks, is batting .474 this spring after slumping to .243 in last season. He played in 92 games last year because of injuries and he had surgery in September on his left shoulder.
YANKEES: Mariano Rivera makes spring training look like a breeze,
Rivera threw his third consecutive scoreless inning in the New York Yankees’ 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Rivera needed just eight pitches to extend his spring training stretch of not giving up an earned run to 24 innings.
PADRES: Outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to be out four to six weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery Monday.