Yadier Alvarez and Raymar Navarro: Two Cuban prospects reportedly on Dodgers’ radar.

The Dodgers have previously been linked to 19-year-old right-hander Yadier Alvarez, a Cuban defector who’s been compared to a young Ramon Martinez. So today’s report on CBSSports.com calling the Dodgers “the most aggressive team to date” pursuing Alvarez isn’t exactly stunning.

But it also contained this noteworthy tidbit about the timeframe for when Alvarez might (or might not) sign:

Alvarez has petitioned MLB to be able to sign before the next signing period, which begins July 2, but hasn’t heard yet. Arizona would need Alvarez to win that petition to have a chance here as the Diamondbacks are limited to $300,000 in the period beginning July 2 due to signings already on the books.

Interestingly enough, where Alvarez signs could be a direct result of when MLB approves his petition to sign. The Dodgers are not limited to $300,000 signing bonuses beginning July 2 and are believed to be willing to spend more freely on restricted international players (like Alvarez) after that date.

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Game 11: Dodgers 7, Rockies 0.

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez flips the ball to first base with pitcher Brandon McCarthy covering for an out during the third inning Sunday. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have won seven straight games, and can do no wrong.

Who knows. One of these days, Hyun-Jin Ryu might even pitch.

The photo gallery is here. The box score is here. I talked to Don Mattingly, A.J. Ellis and Brandon McCarthy after the game:
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The continuing adventures of Yasiel Puig’s left hamstring. (Out today.)

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Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Andre Ethier is playing right field after starting in left the day before.

Puig tried to play through his strained left hamstring in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He showed up at the ballpark this morning feeling “soreness,” according to manager Don Mattingly.

If Puig does not play today, it will be the fourth game of the last five that he’s missed. The Dodgers have the added advantage of two off-days this week — one this past Thursday, another tomorrow. In hindsight, why didn’t the Dodgers simply send Puig to the 15-day disabled list and call up an outfielder to strengthen their bench?

“We don’t feel like there’s any injury,” Mattingly said. “The DL was part of the conversation earlier. If they (the Dodgers’ medical staff) say ‘DL’ I’m fine. Andre’s playing well. If medical says we should DL (Puig) we’ll DL him. We have guys in Triple-A who are swinging the bats.”

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