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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Yasiel Puig benched by Dodgers after stolen base mishap

Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to bench Yasiel Puig on Sunday after his frustrations boiled over following a game-ending play on Saturday night.

Puig was thrown out trying to steal second base at the end of a 2-1 loss to the Giants Saturday night. Puig made the decision to attempt the steal on his own, and then did not slide. The combination of events left Roberts frustrated.

Puig said after the game that he tried to take advantage of the pitcher’s slow delivery, and that’s why he attempted to steal. He said he didn’t slide because he hurt his ankle.

On Sunday, Roberts responded by benching Puig. The manager noted the decision was the culmination of multiple events.

Joc Pederson, Curtis Granderson and Chris Taylor were the starting outfielders for Sunday’s season finale between the teams.

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