CHICAGO — For the second straight year, the Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field got a visit from a uniformed Dodgers rookie.
Joc Pederson, Mike Bolsinger and Adam Liberatore sojourned boldly into the air-conditioned confines this morning, absorbing the smells of espresso into their road-gray polyester threads. (You figure that Carlos Frias was excused because he is starting today against the Cubs.)
Pederson made a full-uniform run last September too. Call it a new tradition.
Of course, the moment isn’t quite embarrassing enough unless it’s shared on social media:
CHICAGO — Right fielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day because of an open callus on the palm of his left hand.
Puig might be available to pinch run or pinch hit; manager Don Mattingly addressed his status this morning:
Alex Guerrero is playing left field, Scott Van Slyke is in right, and Alberto Callaspo was inserted to the lineup as the Dodgers’ third baseman. Here’s the full lineup for the 1 p.m. game against the Cubs:
CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.
Here are a few interviews from after the game: