CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run — a three-run shot in the first inning — and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He’s also near the top of the league in slugging percentage Tucker Barnhart Jersey , on-base percentage and total bases.“He’s a special hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Some guys kind of warm into the game. He’s dangerous right from the very first pitch.”Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.Ramirez’s home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland’s hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.“I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,” he said.Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand — the Indians fourth reliever — allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.Trout is still having issues swinging the bat and is considered day to day. Albert Pujols was also out of the lineup for a planned day off.The Angels scored twice in the fifth on Kole Calhoun’s RBI double and Shohei Ohtani’s run-scoring single.Calhoun started the ninth with a single. Pinch-hitter Justin Upton hit into a force play and Ohtani grounded out, but Andrelton Simmons‘ infield hit made it a one-run game. Hand struck out David Fletcher to end the game.Skaggs was scheduled to start Sunday, but went on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor strain. McGuire joined the team Saturday and was activated before the game. He allowed a home run, two singles, hit two batters, walked one and threw a wild pitch.McGuire loaded the bases on two hit batters and a single, but Taylor Cole retired the next two hitters and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the sixth.Right fielder Melky Cabrera helped Bieber with three outstanding defensive plays. He made a head-first diving catch of balls hit by Jefry Marte and Calhoun in the third. Cabrera hung on to Ohtani’s drive to right field after crashing into the wall in the fourth.“He was all over the place http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-harvey-jersey ,” Francona said. “That was kind of cool to hear the way the fans responded to it too. He did a good job.”MAKESHIFT LINEUPTrout and Pujols were out of the lineup and Upton wasn’t used until the ninth. Eric Young Jr. started in center again while Simmons batted cleanup and Francisco Arcia played first base.“We had a lot of guys out but the guys that were in there played hard and we hit the ball harder than they did, we just couldn’t get that extra hit with guys in scoring position,” Scioscia said.MILLER’S OUTINGAndrew Miller made his second appearance since spending two months on the DL with right knee inflammation, entering in the seventh with a runner on first. He retired Calhoun on a lineout to center, but allowed Young’s single and hit Ohtani with a pitch.Miller was relieved by Cody Allen, who threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.“It wasn’t exactly like we drew it up, but with the way their lineup shook out it fit kind of perfectly to go in that order,” Allen said.ROSTER NEWSInfielder Luis Valbuena was designated for assignment to make room for McGuire. Valbeuna batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: C Yan Gomes (right hamstring tendinitis) missed his second straight game.UP NEXTAngels: Los Angeles returns home to open a three-game series Monday against Detroit. RHP Nick Tropeano (4-6, 4.94 ERA) will start for the Angels.Indians: Cleveland begins a three-game series Monday against Minnesota at Progressive Field. RHP Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34) will start for the Indians. MILWAUKEE — It’s been a full decade since the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a 26-year playoff drought, thanks in large part to a monster final week by Ryan Braun.Braun, who came up big again three years later when the Brewers won their first NL Central crown, has been through a lot since. But now, with the team headed back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, it’s no coincidence that Braun is again playing at an elite level.He has five home runs over his last four games Scott Schebler Jersey , including a two-homer night on Friday in the series opener against the Detroit Tigers, after hitting just one over his previous 28 contests.Article continues below ...“He’s swinging the bat really good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s locked in. The one thing about Ryan, and I’ve known him for so long, is he knows himself so well, and when he’s in a good spot, he knows it.”Thanks, in part, to an excess of talented outfielders — including MVP candidate Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain — Counsell has been able to manage Braun’s workload this season. He’s still played in 122 games and is expected to make it 123 Saturday when the Brewers continue their series with the Tigers at Miller Park as they try again to close the one-game gap between themselves and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.“I think in my history, I’ve always played my best when it does matter most,” Braun said. “I woke up Monday and told everybody, ‘I’ve got you.’ As long as I stay healthy, I’m going to dominate the rest of the way.“So far, so good. We’ve got two more big ones ahead of us, and all we can do is continue to control the things we can control Scooter Gennett Jersey , which is trying to play a good game, handle our business here, win and hope the Cardinals (who face the Cubs this weekend in Chicago) come through for us.”The Brewers turn to left-hander Wade Miley (5-2, 2.32 ERA) Saturday evening as he tries to close out his surprising regular season on a high note. Signed to a minor league deal last winter, Miley was beset by a pair of injuries that limited him to just three starts before the All-Star break.He’s been one of the National League’s best pitchers ever since and takes the mound Saturday having allowed more than two runs just three times over his last 12 starts.“Every time we’ve given him the ball, Wade’s done a heck of a job,” Counsell said. “I can’t say enough about how he has pitched.”Miley is 0-0 with a 6.19 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Tigers, but he has not faced them this year.Left-hander Daniel Norris gets the nod for Detroit. He held the Royals to a run on six hits over five innings his last time out but is still looking for his first victory of the season after going 0-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 10 appearances, including seven starts.Saturday will make his final start of the regular season, but he will have a busy winter as the Tigers plan to get him a few starts with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League and a few more during a major-league baseball tour of Japan. The hope is Norris will work 40 or 50 innings in the winter, which should help make up for the nearly four months he missed in 2018 because of groin surgery.It will also putting him on track for about 150 innings next season.“I am really excited,” Norris said. “I just need to get some more innings before next year. This works out perfectly.”Norris has never faced the Brewers.