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Five hundred!

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 31, 2008 09:30 PM

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BALTIMORE - Manny Ramirez kept saying 'Don't worry about it!' Well, no need to ask the question again.

Ramirez has sent this large Red Sox crowd here at Camden Yards into a frenzy by stroking his 500th homer in the seventh inning.

The home run came on the first pitch from submariner Chad Bradford, a former Red Sox teammate, who watched the ball land several rows up the right-center field bleachers.

Ramirez did not cheat himself. In fact, it was a patented Ramirez homer, struck solidly to the right side, as so many of his blasts have been through his career. The homer was estimated at 410 feet. It was his 10th of the season.

It also gave the Sox a 5-3 lead.

Ramirez ran around the bases at a swift pace with his head down. When he got to home he jumped on the plate and hugged on-deck hitter Mike Lowell. Then he proceeded to hug and jump up and down with David Ortiz and Julio Lugo before going through the rest of the team. Ramirez received another loud ovation as he took the field for the bottom of the seventh.

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