The first question posed to Hanley Ramirez before Wednesday's game was about the Alfonso Soriano line drive he snared in the ninth inning the night before. It was hit with such force that Ramirez removed his glove and began shaking his left hand.

Perhaps aware of the more-pressing topic that brought reporters to his locker, Ramirez said: "Get to the point." He feigned ignorance when asked about a USA Today report that mentioned a possible blockbuster deal between the Marlins and Red Sox.