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Manny Provides Dodger Fans with Fireworks Saturday

SAN DIEGO - JULY 3:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a foul ball while at bat in the first inning against the San Diego Padres during the game on July 3, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Ramirez walked against pitcher Chad Gaudin #49 of the San Diego Padres in his first at bat since returning from a 50-game suspension. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Alex JohnsonCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

In just his first at-bat Saturday, a game in which his Dodgers lost 7-4, Manny Ramirez took Padres starter Josh Geer deep for his seventh home run of 2009.

The home run, the 534th of his career, tied Ramirez with Jimmie Foxx for 16th on the all-time list.

Ramirez was 0-for-2 in his next two at-bats before leaving the game in favor of Juan Pierre in the sixth.

Saturday was just Ramirez's second game back since finishing a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.

In his first game back, Friday, Ramirez was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Dodgers 6-3 win.

Manager Joe Torre says he plans to continue to use Ramirez daily.

"We plan on playing him every day," Torre said. "If he comes in beat up, we'll alter the plan."

Torre also said of Ramirez's first inning home run:  "[It will] take some pressure off."

Dodger fans, Manny is back!

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