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Yasiel Puig fined for showing up late

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Yasiel Puig is in a bit of a funk right now.
Yasiel Puig is in a bit of a funk right now. (USATSI)

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Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig has been fined an undisclosed amount for getting to Tuesday's game late, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters ( In what is actually unrelated news, Puig is getting the night off. He has not been benched for any punishment-related reasons, Mattingly made sure to tell reporters. It's a night off in light of his recent struggles (

In his last nine games, Puig is hitting .171/.231/.257 and he's been retired in each of his last 11 plate appearances.

Given that Puig also had a bit of a PR issue Monday and is facing increased media attention in Miami -- the closest MLB city to his native country, Cuba, Tuesday seems like the perfect time to give him a night off to clear his head.

The 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .351/.412/.556 with 16 doubles, two triples, 11 homers, 27 RBI, 47 runs and seven stolen bases in 289 plate appearances this season. The Dodgers are 46-18 in games he has started.

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