Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out of Dodgers’ lineup for third straight game.

Yasiel Puig headshotThe Dodgers might be without outfielder Yasiel Puig for a third straight game. Puig ran in the outfield to test his strained left hamstring in the afternoon and “he’s still feeling a little something,” according to Mattingly.

Andre Ethier is making his fourth straight start in right field and batting sixth against Colorado Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

Head athletic trainer Stan Conte “felt like (Puig) could be a guy that could hit,” Mattingly said, “but you always worry about that first step out of the box.”

Mattingly doesn’t anticipate that Puig will need an MRI exam on the hamstring but couldn’t rule out the possibility that Puig would retroactively be placed on the disabled list if the injury lingers.

“Obviously I hope not,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t seem like (an injury that would require Puig to go on the DL) but it depends on how far it would get to.”

If Puig doesn’t play, the Dodgers will be down to one reserve outfielder (Scott Van Slyke), along with two reserve infielders (Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner) along with catcher A.J. Ellis.

Yasiel Puig held out of second straight game with strained left hamstring.

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Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day because of a strained left hamstring. He is not taking part in the usual pregame routine for position players and seems likely to miss a second consecutive game.

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Game 8: Dodgers 6, Mariners 5.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick breaks his bat on the game-winning single Tuesday. The hit drove in Jimmy Rollins and Carl Crawford in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on a walk-off single in their final at-bat. This time it was Howie Kendrick playing the hero. You can read my game story here for the full details of how it went down, and hear Kendrick’s postgame comments here and here.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Prior to the game I talked to pitcher Yimi Garcia. He explained how his 20-year-old brother Jairo, a pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system, helped him with his slider over the winter. The small change seems to have made a big difference so far.

Since I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone before deadline, here were the key points in the clubhouse after the game:

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