Carl Crawford isn’t sponsoring any Little League teams this year (or Jackie Robinson West).

Jackie Robinson West Little League

Jackie Robinson West Little League won the 2014 U.S. Championship and was later stripped of its title. (Associated Press)

CINCINNATI — Carl Crawford is letting other people sponsor the teams taking part in the Little League World Series this year. He’s out.

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Scott Van Slyke, still recovering from flu, is the Dodgers’ designated hitter in Oakland.

OAKLAND — Carl Crawfored is playing left field, and Scott Van Slyke is the Dodgers’ designated hitter, because Van Slyke is still recovering from a bout with the flu over the weekend.

“With Scotty, him being sick last week, extra innings last night, early game today, it was pretty easy to go Scotty DHing today,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Scotty’s a really good defender, one of our better outfield defenders … but today it’s a matter of him being a little bit down the last few days. I could see him here last night looking like he was beat.”

Van Slyke is over the flu, Mattingly said.

“It’s just how you would feel if you had the flu for 2 or 3 days, coming back,” he said. “You feel a little winded.”

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Yasiel Puig leaves Dodgers game with right hamstring tightness. Update.

OAKLAND — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s after pulling up lame at first base when he beat out an infield single in the eighth inning.

Update (10:23 p.m.): Puig left the game with right hamstring tightness.

Carl Crawford pinch-run for Puig and scored on a 3-run home run by A.J. Ellis.

Puig missed 38 games with a strained left hamstring earlier in the season.

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Dodgers’ Carl Crawford will play more at the expense of Yasiel Puig or Andre Ethier.

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Carl Crawford’s first-inning single Thursday was his third hit since he returned from the disabled list July 21. (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll try to play Carl Crawford “at least once a series,” while giving either right fielder Yasiel Puig or left fielder Andre Ethier a day off.
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Game 101: A gray day in L.A.

Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford is the Dodgers’ de facto fourth outfielder, and also the highest-paid outfielder on the team. (Getty Images)

Sonny Gray dealt the Dodgers their third straight loss, though they remained a half-game up on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The photo gallery is here.

The Dodgers’ fourth outfielder has two years and $43,464,000 remaining on his contract after this season.

Third base coach Tim Wallach discussed the strengths (Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Jimmy Rollins) and limitations (sometimes they lose double plays to The Shift) of the Dodgers’ defense with colleague Mark Whicker.

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