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02/17/12 1:26 PM EST

Hanley responds to Dominican news article

Taking offense to an opinion article written in Hoy, a Dominican newspaper, Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez fired back on Friday via Twitter.

Franklin Mirabal, the author of the piece, wrote that Ramirez's friendship with Jose Reyes will hurt their relationship and that Reyes' $106 million contract, which he signed in the offseason, was a way for the Marlins to show their frustration with Ramirez.

Ramirez then responded (translated from Spanish) via Twitter: "Folks, via this medium I want to let everyone know that what came out in the newspaper Hoy about me, the team and [manager Ozzie] Guillen is a lie."

Mirabel also criticized Ramirez for not being mature enough to be the face of Miami's franchise or take a leadership role with the team.

Ramirez then continued to write on Twitter: "And now what are you going to talk about if the whole world knows I'm going to play third base with the Marlins."

Ramirez followed with a final tweet, saying the newspaper was "Trying to soil my image with lies. Third base with the Marlins forever baby."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.