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  1. Matt Kemp could return from the disabled list as early as April 4

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Scott Miller reports that Matt Kemp says he is 100 percent and ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as possible. As he was retroactively DL’ed, April 4 is the first day he is eligible to return and appears to be the target. Kemp has been recovering from ankle surgery in October.…

  2. Puig, Dodgers have a meeting to clear the air, all claim things are positive

    Mar 27, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

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    Yesterday, before I wrote that post about how Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times and others are continuing to beat the “Yasiel Puig is a team cancer” drum, I spent a good couple of hours on Twitter having mildly-contentious back-and-forths with some reporters about All Things Puig. The upshot: People on the outside (like…

  3. The “Yasiel Puig is a cancer” narrative is back for the new year

    Mar 26, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Bill Plaschke is back to his favorite beat: Yasiel Puig is out of control! He needs a major attitude adjustment! Someone think of the children! Too much there to even begin blockquoting the best bits, so go give it a read. The best part of it all is Plaschke’s dismissal of anything that interferes with…

  4. MRI on Yasiel Puig’s back shows no damage

    Mar 25, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Yasiel Puig made an early exit from the Dodgers’ second of two games in Australia with an apparent back injury. The situation did not sit well with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com that Puig “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.” But some positive news came down the pike…

  5. Yasiel Puig is hurt, Don Mattingly is frustrated

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers left Australia with an early two-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings, but the long plane ride home probably won’t have a completely celebratory vibe. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Sunday’s 7-5 victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground after appearing to injure himself on a hard swing…

  6. Dodgers’ bullpen nearly coughed up the lead in 7-5 victory over the D-Backs

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:26 AM EDT

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    Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill couldn’t overcome his control issues and the Dodgers took advantage in the second and final game played at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia, winning 7-5. They fly back home having swept the D-Backs in the two-game overseas set. The Dodgers rallied for a two-out run in the first inning when…

  7. Clayton Kershaw, Scott Van Slyke lead Dodgers past Diamondbacks in opener

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:50 AM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Scott Van Slyke doubled and homered as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Saturday’s opener in Australia. The game, delayed slightly at the onset by some early evening rain, opened with Wade Miley striking out Yasiel Puig on three pitches. The Dodgers struck first…

  8. Here’s the first pitch of the 2014 season

    Mar 22, 2014, 6:35 AM EDT

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    After a slight weather delay, play got underway between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Australia just after 5 a.m. EDT this morning, and a long winter officially ended with Wade Miley pitching to Yasiel Puig. Miley went on to strike out Puig on three pitches.

  9. The Dodgers Opening Day lineup announced — Yasiel Puig leading off

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Don Mattingly said he’d do it, and he has. Here’s the Dodgers Opening Day lineup, featuring Yasiel Puig in the leadoff slot: 1. Yasiel Puig RF 2. Justin Turner 2B 3. Hanley Ramirez SS 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 5. Scott Van Slyke LF 6. Juan Uribe 3B 7. Andre Ethier CF 8. A.J. Ellis C…

  10. Yasiel Puig switches agents

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has hired Adam Katz and Andy Mota of Wasserman Media Group as his new agents. He was previously represented by Jaime Torres. Puig signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers in June of 2012 and remains under contract through 2018, so there’s no…

  11. Video: Yasiel Puig throws out Mike Trout on inside-the-park home run attempt

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? You decide. Baseball fans were provided with a heaping slice of awesomeness in this afternoon’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, as Mike Trout‘s attempt at an inside-the-park home run was dashed thanks in part to a throw from Yasiel Puig. In the bottom…

  12. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…

  13. Matt Kemp cleared for more baseball activities

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp will almost certainly miss the start of the regular season as he works his way back from left ankle surgery, but he’s making some tangible progress. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp will be allowed to do more baseball drills after an MRI yesterday came back favorable. It’s possible that he’ll start…

  14. Don Mattingly: Yasiel Puig “hasn’t proven himself to be an RBI guy yet”

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    There are valid reasons for the Dodgers to bat Yasiel Puig leadoff this season, but this logic from manager Don Mattingly is interesting: Mattingly still thinking of Puig as leadoff man, says Puig "hasn't proven himself to be a RBI guy yet."— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 22, 2014 According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Mattingly…

  15. Yasiel Puig: not in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Trouble in Puig-a-dise? Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Yasiel is a little too big for his britches. Literally:  Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged the team has some concerns about Yasiel Puig‘s conditioning. Mattingly said Puig showed up at camp weighing 251 pounds, 26 more than he weighed at the end of the regular…

  16. Yasiel Puig is going to slow it down this year

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    I’ll believe it when I see it — I feel like it’s going to take a big injury for Puig to be anything less than a race car in the red, in every sense of the term — but Dylan Hernandez reports that the Dodgers are working on slowing down Yasiel Puig: “The fans go…

  17. Matt Kemp: “I’m not a fourth outfielder”

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has played in 179 of a possible 324 regular season games over the past two years due to [background changes from night to day, summer to winter while I recount] a strained left hamstring, a right knee contusion, a frayed labrum in his left shoulder (which required surgery in October 2012),…

  18. Yasiel Puig limited due to flare-up of shoulder inflammation

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

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    No need to freak out, Dodgers fans, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that outfielder Yasiel Puig is on a limited throwing program right now due to a “flare-up” of shoulder inflammation. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that the inflammation apparently arose after Puig “overthrew” on the first day of camp. It’s believed to be…

  19. Dodgers close to signing slick-fielding Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Continuing their focus on using their spending advantages to acquire talent internationally the Dodgers are close to signing Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Arruebarruena defected from Cuba in November and held workouts for MLB teams in December. He’s considered an elite defensive shortstop, but there are lots of questions…

  20. Yasiel Puig could hit leadoff for the Dodgers this season

    Feb 3, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated over the weekend that Yasiel Puig could serve as the club’s leadoff hitter this season. The plan calls for Carl Crawford, who hit leadoff in 86 games last season, to slide down to the No. 2 spot in the order. Mattingly believes that the…

  21. The State of Baseball is Strong. But it could be better. How do we make that happen?

    Jan 29, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    Tom Verducci has a very long but very well thought-out analysis of the State of Baseball as we enter the 2014 season. In a lot of ways it’s the intelligent person’s take on the “Is Baseball Dying?” thing. Being a creature of baseball he understands the current strengths and weaknesses of the game from a…

  22. Reckless driving charges dropped against Yasiel Puig

    Jan 28, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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    This says more about the legal standard for reckless driving in Florida than it says about the safety of Yasiel Puig‘s driving, but be it known that the reckless driving charges against him have been dropped. From WVZN-TV in Florida: The State Attorney’s Office will not pursue areckless driving charge against Dodger’s outfielder Yasiel Puig, after…

  23. Yasiel Puig gives up driving after latest arrest

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been arrested twice over the past eight months for reckless driving. That has been enough for him to move over to the passenger seat. At least for now. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Puig spoke with Dodgers president Stan Kasten on Thursday and told him that he…

  24. Watch the dash cam footage of Yasiel Puig’s arrest

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested last month for driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone along a stretch of Florida highway called Alligator Alley. Now the Florida Highway Patrol has released the dash cam footage of that bust. It’s not all that exciting, unless you’re into wailing mothers and pink jean shorts. The…

  25. Don Mattingly, Dodgers reach extension agreement to take him through 2016

    Jan 7, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

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    A deal is done: Our @ramonashelburne reporting that the Dodgers have reached an extension agreement with Don Mattingly; official announcement forthcoming. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 7, 2014 Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal will cover three seasons — 2014-16 — which means tearing up the one year left on his current deal. Money is…

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