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Bryce Harper used Yasiel Puig’s bat

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Bryce Harper has finally started to produce at the plate, and the 21-year-old’s .361 batting average over the last 10 games is one of the reasons the Washington Nationals are currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Does he have Yasiel Puig to thank?

For whatever reason, Harper was using a bat with Puig’s name and number on it Thursday night. While we don’t know how long Harper has been using Puig’s lumber, we do know that he was in such a slump recently that Nationals manager Matt Williams had to answer questions about possibly sending Harper to the minors.

Whatever Bryce is doing now is working. If the Nationals and Dodgers square off in the postseason, Dodgers fans might start to get a little irritated by Harper’s choice in equipment.

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Yasiel Puig breaks bat on check swing (Video)

Yasiel Puig either has superhuman strength that leads him to do things nobody else can, or the guy really needs to check his lumber before approaching the plate.

Puig was up in the top of the 7th inning of the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss to the Brewers Friday when he broke his bat on a check swing. A check swing. There wasn’t even a ball around to saw him off. No Mariano Rivera cutter on the hands. No Aroldis Chapman 104 mph fastball busting his bat. He broke his bat just by checking his swing.

Wood cannot handle Puig’s power. Look at the bat bend:

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Ridiculous.

Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar mess with Yasiel Puig before game

The Los Angeles Angels are having a lot of fun with Yasiel Puig this week. One night after Albert Pujols showed up Puig by tagging up at first and taking second on a fly out to center, Pujols and Erick Aybar decided to mess with the young Dodgers star on the field before the game.

A few innings before Pujols tagged up and took second on Puig Monday night, Puig tried to double Aybar off at first on a fly ball. The two exchanged finger wags. The horseplay on the field was obviously a spillover from all the ribbing that was exchanged the night before.

In the end, Puig and the Dodgers got the last laugh with a walk-off win in the 9th inning.

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Albert Pujols shows up Yasiel Puig by tagging up and taking second (Video)

Albert Pujols taught Yasiel Puig a valuable lesson during Monday night’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. When Pujols was on first with LA leading 5-0 in the eighth inning, he somehow managed to tag up and take second base on a fly out to center field.

Pujols, who doesn’t run well at all, completely caught Puig off guard. Puig nonchalantly fielded the fly ball before realizing what Pujols was up to. Albert easily beat the youngster’s throw and mocked him for it after the inning ended.

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Puig had fun with several of the Angels players over the course of the night. He made a catch on a line drive to center field two minutes earlier and tried to throw behind Erick Aybar to double him off at first, but Aybar got back safely. The two exchanged finger wags.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game that he hopes Pujols taught Puig something.

“I hope he learns a lesson from it,” he said, per MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez. “Albert knows how to play the game. Albert takes a few hard steps and if Yasiel comes up throwing, he stops. He drops his head and Albert knows there’s no play. We talked about them being an aggressive team. If you don’t pay attention, they will embarrass you, and he embarrassed him there.”

Puig has shown us on several occasions that he has a tremendous arm, which is what made Pujols’ successful tag up so hilarious. Now we see why Mattingly is hesitant to put Puig in center.

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Don Mattingly doesn’t want Yasiel Puig in center field because he’s ‘out of control most of the time’

Yasiel PuigWith Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke the Los Angeles Dodgers have a pretty talented group of outfielders when everyone is healthy.

Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily a complete outfield in terms of where each is best suited to play.

Kemp spent the majority of 2008-2012 in center field, but is now more of a liability there. Ethier, Puig, Van Slyke and Crawford would each play in left or right field in ideal scenarios. However, Don Mattingly has to put someone in center each day so it’s been a bit of a shuffle.

Ethier has handled center field duties the majority of time this year, followed by Kemp and Van Slyke. Noticeably absent is Puig, who can probably cover the most ground of anyone Mattingly could play in the outfield. He also has moments every now and that lead many to say he’s getting by on physical ability, not fundamentals.

It’s because of those instances that Don Mattingly is choosing to keep Yasiel Puig away from one of baseball’s premier defensive positions for now.

Well then.

Puig is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but that alone doesn’t make a great defensive player. So, for the time being, it appears we will continue watching Yasiel Puig do his thing in right field.

Yasiel Puig warns Torii Hunter about running on his arm

yasiel-puig-finger-waveAs we have found out, testing the arm of Yasiel Puig is a dangerous proposition.

During Tuesday’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers, 38-year-old Torii Hunter decided to give it a shot.

In the second inning, Hunter took a pitch the opposite way that made it to right field wall and decided to try his luck at making it to second with a double. Puig unleashed a customary rocket throw to nail Hunter at second for his seventh outfield assist of the year.

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Or so we thought.

Hunter obviously thought he was safe. As it turns out, he was. The play was reviewed and the original out call was overturned, resulting in Torii Hunter’s 16th double of the season.

Safe or not, Puig made sure to offer a little warning to Hunter in case he was thinking about testing that right arm again in the future. Hunter wanted to hear none of that noise.

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Yasiel Puig playing with puppies? Yasiel Puig playing with puppies

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Yasiel Puig played with a bunch of puppies before the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. How do you think it affected his game?

Obviously, the lovable little fur balls brought him good luck. Puig ended up with three hits and an RBI in his team’s 6-1 win. Is Yasiel Puig playing with puppies exactly what the internet needs or what?

We already know Puig loves to have a good time, so seeing him in a pen full of puppies makes perfect sense. The Dodgers should have puppies in their clubhouse before every game.

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