The former Marlins shortstop and third baseman, who was traded to Los Angeles in a blockbuster pre-Deadline deal on July 25, hasn't caught fire in a Dodgers uniform yet -- he enters Friday's game with a .226 average as a Dodger, with one home run and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats -- but he got a game-winning hit on Sunday and seems to be fitting in well with his new teammates.
"They are always going to be a part of my family," Ramirez said of the Marlins. "That's where I spent the last seven years. Hopefully I've got more than that in the big leagues. For now, I turn the page and move forward with this team."
As for his former teammates, seeing Ramirez sporting Dodger blue this weekend will certainly take some getting used to.
"I'm sure for all the guys who have been here from the start with him, it definitely will be a little weird," Marlins catcher John Buck said.
As for the type of reaction Ramirez will receive from the Miami faithful, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes it's a positive one, despite Ramirez's struggles at the backend of his Fish career.
"I can't say anything bad about Hanley," Guillen said. "This kid, he couldn't put it together for us. But since I got this job, this kid was great. Obviously, it wasn't the production we were looking for. But everything and anything we asked him to do, as a coach, as a manager, he was very good with me."
Friday's series opener lost one of its other main storylines Thursday when Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes -- the man who moved Ramirez to third base in Miami -- went 0-for-4 against the Mets to snap his 26-game hitting streak. That's the longest streak in the Majors this season.
Reyes hit .352 (38-for-108) with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, nine RBIs and 21 runs scored during his streak. Now he will look to start a new one against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, who will be countered by veteran Mark Buehrle, won his second consecutive start in his last outing, pitching seven innings and giving up one run on three hits vs. the Cubs last Saturday. He walked two and struck out seven, throwing 112 pitches. In other words, it was exactly what the Dodgers expected and needed as they continue to battle for supremacy in the NL West.
"He's been the same all year, honestly," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's been good. This kid is good all the time. I talked about it in Spring Training -- there's going to be games where he can pitch just as good as last year and not get wins."
Dodgers: Kemp warming up again
Center fielder Matt Kemp, last year's NL MVP runner-up, is batting .347 (35-for-101) with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 24 games since returning from the disabled list on July 13. He has either a hit, a run scored or an RBI in all but 10 games this year.
Lefty reliever Randy Choate has limited opposing hitters to a .196 batting average (21-for-107), and has held lefties to a .151 mark (11-for-73). First batters are hitting .159 against him (7-for-44).
Righty reliever Brandon League has limited right-handed hitters to a .239 batting average this season (22-for-92) and has allowed just one home run in 46 2/3 innings.
Marlins: Buehrle still looking for No. 10
Buehrle gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings in his last start on Saturday against the Nationals, but it wasn't enough to get a decision in a game the Marlins would eventually lose. That meant Buehrle will try once again to notch his 10th victory of the season. That would extend his streak to 12 straight years of reaching double digits in wins.
"When you don't pitch too good, it's going to be hard to get it," Buehrle said. "Obviously, I went a little deeper into the game than I had in previous starts. Then I got myself in some jams, made some mistakes. When you face a good team like this, that's what they're supposed to do, make you pay for it."
Carlos Lee has hit safely in his past 14 games, going 21-for-50 (.420) with 13 RBIs to raise his average from .270 to .291 since the streak started on July 27. The 14-game streak is a season high and his longest since rattling off another 14-game streak from Aug. 20-Sept. 3, 2011. Lee now has 19 career streaks of 10 or more games.
Kershaw is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA (seven earned runs in 27 1/3 innings) in four career starts against the Marlins. He pitched a two-hit shutout vs. Miami on May 29, 2011, at Dodger Stadium.
Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano has four relief appearances this season, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA.