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Ramirez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.

Sunday represents an optimal time for manager Robin Ventura to give Ramirez a day off, since the shortstop has batted just 8-for-50 (.160) for his career against the opposing starter, right-hander Rick Porcello. It will mark Ramirez's first time out of the lineup since July 13.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 4 Months

Ramirez clubbed his 13th homer of the season and drove in three runs in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Ramirez's resurgent power has made up for the expected decline in steals after he swiped a career-high 30 bags in 2013, as the 32-year-old checks in as one of the top fantasy producers among shortstops. The White Sox would probably like to see him draw walks more frequently, but his contributions in the counting stats categories work to offset that deficiency in his game.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 4 Months

Ramirez went 1-for-4 as the White Sox's leadoff batter Saturday against the Jays.

Adam Eaton and Alejandro De Aza have typically served as the team's No. 1 batter this year, but Ramirez got a shot with Eaton on the DL and De Aza on the bench.

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Alexei Ramirez homered and scored three runs in helping to lead the White Sox to a decisive victory over the Twins in Minnesota on Friday.

He finished the night 2-for-5, with his solo blast coming off opposing starter Kevin Correia in the third inning. The All-Star shortstop has been one of the finest offensive weapons at the shortstop position this season, slashing .283/.321/.401 with nine homers, 44 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 5 Months

Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Ramirez surprised everyone by stealing 30 bases last season, and his two thefts on Tuesday gives him 17 steals on the year. The All-Star's two hits helped to raise his season line to .281/.318/.395.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 5 Months

Alexei Ramirez returned to action on Friday July 18.

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Alexei Ramirez (back) confirmed Sunday that he will be ready to go for Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Ramirez left Saturday's game due to stiffness in his back and sat out on Sunday, but he'll suit up and be ready for action in the Mid-Summer Classic. Fantasy owners can expect to have him back in their lineups on Friday.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 6 Months

Alexei Ramirez (back) thinks he'll be available to play in the All-Star game.

Ramirez exited Saturday's game with back stiffness and will surely sit out Sunday, but he doesn't think it's a big issue. "I don't think it's going to be a major thing,'' said Ramirez. The White Sox could still decide to play it safe and hold the shortstop out of the All-Star festivities.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 6 Months

Alexei Ramirez left Saturday's game with back stiffness.

Ramirez tweaked his back in the bottom of the third inning while attempting to make a play on a groundball. The shortstop will likely sit out Sunday but should return to the White Sox starting lineup after the All-Star break.

Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 6 Months

Alexei Ramirez left Saturday's game versus the Indians due to an apparent injury.

Ramirez left the game after covering second base when he stopped and tried to field a single to his right. He was 0-for-1 prior to leaving the game. Moises Sierra replaced him as a pinch runner.