Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez is defending his play a day after he was pulled from a game for not hustling.
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Ramirez said Tuesday he ``wasn't trying to give up'' on a ball he accidentally kicked about 100 feet toward the left-field corner in the third inning. He loafed after it, allowing two runners to score in a 5-1 loss to Arizona. Ramirez says that was the hardest he could go after the ball.
Ramirez fouled a pitch off his left shin in the first inning Monday night and grounded into a double play in which he did not run full speed.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez did not have Ramirez in the starting lineup Tuesday.
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Posted: 5/18/10 3:20PM ET