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Dreading a haircut: Manny's locks stay

Manny's dreadlocks still abound

LOS ANGELES -- Another day went by without a Manny Ramirez haircut Wednesday when the slugger arrived at the ballpark with his dreadlocks still flowing over the No. 99 on the back of his jersey.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he has not talked to Ramirez about the issue since Los Angeles' last road trip, when the outfielder told Torre he would trim his dreads sometime during the team's current 10-game homestand.

"If he doesn't, I'll ask him again. What am I going to tell you?" Torre said.

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Ramirez did show up with yellow, blue and red thread weaved into one of his dreads Wednesday.

Torre hopes any haircut does not affect Ramirez at the plate, as he's hitting .476 (20-for-42) with four homers, three doubles, nine runs scored and 14 RBIs in 11 games as a Dodger entering Wednesday. He's also hit safely in 10 of 11 games, and is hitting .611 (11-for-18) with two homers, eight RBIs, five runs scored and a .682 on-base percentage in five contests at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers manager said the trade has rejuvenated Ramirez after his ugly divorce from the Red Sox.

"People still have to realize they're human beings playing this game," Torre said. "You're going to have emotional highs and lows, and evidentially the Boston thing was something he wanted to change. I can relate to that somewhat. I had a great 12 years in New York, but it was time for me to do something else. It doesn't mean you don't appreciate what happened and you didn't enjoy yourself, it's just time to do something else."

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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