Sox's Ramirez (back) expects to play in ASG

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who left Saturday's game in Cleveland with back stiffness and sat out Sunday's game against the Indians, said on Monday he's feeling better and plans to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Ramirez was out of the lineup as a precaution on Sunday, and said the therapy he did with the team's medical staff helped loosen up his back. By game time on Sunday, he said, he was feeling good enough to play. Now, he plans on being on the field for his first All-Star Game.

The 32-year-old is one of five Cuban-born players to make an All-Star team, joining teammate Jose Abreu, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

"It makes me happy," Ramirez said through an interpreter. "We can show the world the level of baseball and the level of talent we have in Cuba."