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Hanley Ramirez: "I was waiting for May"


   Hanley Ramirez kept telling everyone not to worry, that his lack of run production was only temporary and that it would all be forgotten eventually. Well, consider it done. Ramirez put to rest a poor -- by his standards -- April and continued to make May his month on Sunday with a pair of home runs and four RBI. He went 6 for 9 the final two games of the Marlins' series with Washington.

   Think about it. Ramirez drove in seven RBI and hit two home runs the entire month of April. He's driven in seven RBI and hit three home runs the first two days of May.

"I told everybody no worries, that I was going to get hot, and when I get hot, it's hot," Ramirez said following the Marlins' 9-3 victory over the Nationals.

    But even Ramirez was forced to admit that April wasn't a good month for him. The reigning NL batting champ ended the month with a sub-.300 average and poor run production numbers. Ramirez raised his average from .279 to .300 in just two days.

    "I had a tough April," Ramirez said. "I was waiting for May so bad. Now it's in the past."

   Ramirez said he has spent extra time in the batting cages, working with hitting coach Jim Presley. Ramirez said he worked on "staying inside the ball, compacting his swing, and trying to drive the ball.

   "I think I was a little bit long in the swing," he said. "I'm feeling a little bit better now at the plate. I wasn't doing it early (April),  but I think I've just started and feeling more comfortable at the plate."

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