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Ramirez reports to Rangers' AAA affiliate

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Manny Ramirez reported to the Texas Rangers' AAA affiliate on Thursday and said he could play as early as Sunday.

The Rangers agreed to terms on a minor league contract on Wednesday with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn't played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Ramirez worked out with the Round Rock Express and told reporters he hopes to play Sunday or Monday.

Ramirez has twice been suspended for testing positive for banned drugs. The 12-time All-Star was suspended 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012.

A lifetime .312 hitter, Ramirez is 14th on the career home runs list with 555.

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