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Hanley has bruised wrist, avoids serious injury

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BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez avoided significant injury after being drilled on the right wrist on a pitch by Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray in the first inning of Thursday's 6-3 win.

X-rays taken moments later came back negative and Ramirez merely has a contusion, allowing the Red Sox to breathe a sigh of relief.

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BOSTON -- Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez avoided significant injury after being drilled on the right wrist on a pitch by Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray in the first inning of Thursday's 6-3 win.

X-rays taken moments later came back negative and Ramirez merely has a contusion, allowing the Red Sox to breathe a sigh of relief.

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Manager Alex Cora said he will likely give Ramirez the day off on Friday night against the Orioles, but he could return as early as Saturday.

Video: NYY@BOS: Cora discusses Hanley's wrist injury

The pitch actually hit Ramirez's left hand first and then deflected to his right wrist. Initially in a lot of pain, Ramirez immediately exited the game and was replaced by pinch-runner Mitch Moreland.

Moreland wound up having a good game off the bench, going 2-for-3 and making some nice plays on defense.

Tweet from @HanleyRamirez: Hand should be ok, thanks for all your messages. And the boys won. Again. #TenAndTwo baby !

The right-handed-hitting Ramirez has been rejuvenated this season and is hitting .357 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

Ramirez was plunked one day after the drama of Wednesday, when Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly drilled Tyler Austin in the back with a pitch and a benches-clearing fracas ensued. Suspensions and fines were handed out before Thursday's game as a result.

Video: NYY@BOS: Benches clear twice between Sox, Yankees

Nobody thought Gray was trying to hit Ramirez.

"I think everybody handled it the right way," said Cora. "No warnings. Just watch the game and go from there. We were fine. Like I said before, the main goal today was to win the series, and we did."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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