Alexei Ramirez rebounding defensively, makes two nice plays vs. Tribe

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Shortstop Alexei Ramirez #10 of the Chicago White Sox grabs a ground ball hit by Giovanny Urshela #39 of the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on July 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. | Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Alexei Ramirez was the least productive shortstop in baseball during the season’s first half, but his defense at least shows signs of improvement.

Ramirez had a pair of nice plays Sunday against the Indians, bare-handing a grounder to kick off a double play and later stretching out to snare a line drive.

Here’s the diving catch, which robbed Jason Kipnis of a hit in the sixth inning:


And here’s the bare-handed pickup to start a double play in the third inning:

Ramirez still has work to do to fix his offensive numbers this season, having posted a dismal .231/.256/.314 slash line.

Manager Robin Ventura addressed the offensive issue recently, while mentioning the uptick in his defense.

“Hitting wise, he’ll improve,” Ventura said. “He’s a guy that at the end of the year you look up and he’s hitting .270. Defensively, he’s turned around what was a slow start the first half. Hitting wise, he’ll end up hitting, he always has.”

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