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Cesar Ramos rocked

Cesar Ramos didn't last long in his worst start since his first go in 2007. Mike Ekstrom gave up two more homers and has already surpassed the total yielded from last season. Lake Elsinore was shutout for the third time in four games. Wynn Pelzer has turned things around but is the hard luck loser.

Portland (17-16) lost 9-5 to Omaha (Royals) Cesar Ramos lasted just an inning and two-thirds, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks – seeing his record drop to 3-3. He tossed 75 pitches with just 38 going for strikes. The left-hander had not allowed more than four runs over his first six starts and had not given up seven earned since his first start in 2007 (April 8). It is the...

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