Dodgers feeling good after Hanley's big series

Dodgers feeling good after Hanley's big series

PITTSBURGH -- In his first trip to Miami since the Marlins traded him to the Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez put on a show.

The shortstop went 6-for-13 with a double and five RBIs during the three-game series. With the way he was swinging the bat, though, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said he easily could have had 10 hits.

"He was great," Mattingly said. "He probably hit just about every ball on the nose.

"He was really good. That was the best I've seen Hanley."

Before the Dodgers acquired him on July 25, Ramirez had played for the Marlins since 2006, when he was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He was also a three-time All-Star in Miami, having led baseball with 125 runs in 2008, a year before leading the NL with a .342 average.

In 17 games with the Dodgers, Ramirez has hit .288 with a home run and 18 RBIs.

"What we've seen in Miami is what we've been seeing more and more of, is that this guy has a tremendous amount of talent," Mattingly said. "If he goes like that, we're a lot different club."