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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Dodgers spring training 2015: Another tie, Will Ferrell, Clayton Kershaw, Hector Olivera, etc.

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Corey Seager drew a walk and flew out to the warning track in the Dodgers’ 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers tied the Colorado Rockies today, 2-2. It was their third tie in their last four Cactus League games. Corey Seager interrupted the streak with a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to beat the Milwaukee Brewers. Otherwise, the Dodgers would be looking at four ties in a row. As I told someone at the ballpark today, I thought I was finished covering hockey.

The box score from today’s game is here. Some postgame thoughts:

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