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Aramis eighth all-time for HRs by third baseman

Aramis eighth all-time for HRs by third baseman

Aramis eighth all-time for HRs by third baseman
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez hit his first Brewers home run on Wednesday and made a bit of baseball history.

It was Ramirez's 313th career homer as a third baseman, giving him sole possession of eighth place on Major League Baseball's list of sluggers at that position. Ramirez had been tied with former Dodger Ron Cey.

Next up on that list for Ramirez is Gary Gaetti, who hit 332 homers at the hot corner. Then comes Ron Santo (337), Matt Williams (359), Graig Nettles (368), Chipper Jones (378 and counting), Eddie Mathews (486) and all-time leader Mike Schmidt (509).

Ramirez, who connected against Dodgers starter Chris Capuano, had been waiting for some time to separate himself from Cey. Ramirez's first 2012 home run came in his 42nd at-bat and 46th plate appearance, though he insisted he had not been sweating a slow start with the Brewers. He signed a three-year deal in December.

"I've been through it before," Ramirez said. "I've been around a while -- this is my 14th year in the league. It happens. It's just unfortunate that it happened with a new team."

Did he make up for his drought with distance?

"It felt pretty good, I'll tell you that," Ramirez said of the 444-foot drive. "I got a first-pitch fastball and I hit it pretty hard."

Said manager Ron Roenicke: "The look on his face, and the way the guys reacted, that was really nice to see."

Ramirez actually has 316 career homers. He hit two as a pinch-hitter and one as a designated hitter.

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