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.

Dodgers option Brandon Beachy to Triple-A to make room for Carl Crawford.

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Carl Crawford was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

ATLANTA — If you’re a struggling pitcher with a minor-league option in your contract, long postgame meetings with the manager rarely bode well. Such was the case for Brandon Beachy, who was ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for outfielder Carl Crawford.

Crawford was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. The Dodgers cleared a spot for him on the 40-man roster by designating Preston Guilmet for assignment. Guilmet had made three relief appearances for Oklahoma City since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 10.

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