Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff for the seventh time this season.

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Yasiel Puig is batting .194 in his last 11 games. He leads off for the Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly explained prior to Wednesday night’s game why Yasiel Puig is hitting first against the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s the seventh time Puig has batted leadoff this season.

“With the lefty today (Phillies starter Adam Morgan) I wanted to stack the righties and see if it gets us going,” Mattingly said.

Puig has hit sixth, fifth and fourth since the last time he led off a game for the Dodgers. He’s batting .194 (7 for 36) in those 11 games, with six walks and 10 strikeouts.

“I think (Puig) is versatile but I’d like to get him going,” Mattingly said. “That’d be nice.”

A.J. Ellis: ‘Their job’s to call balls and strikes. It’s not to be a catching coach.’

ST. LOUIS — A.J. Ellis said that he’s never been ejected from a game, at any level of baseball, prior to Friday. That changed after Matt Carpenter walked in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

By Ellis’ account, he drew the ire of home plate umpire Mike Winters for the way he was “presenting the ball” during Carpenter’s at-bat.

Their conversation, as Ellis recalled it: “He said, ‘the presentation was poor.’ I said the presentation doesn’t matter. He said ‘the presentation was poor.’ He just repeated himself. That’s what did it.”

The game was televised by MLB Network, and Ellis said that Winters was wearing a microphone specifically for the broadcast. If that audio exists, please pass it along — we couldn’t hear anything from the press box.

Winters told a Cardinals official after the game that Ellis’ ejection “was about balls and strikes. The rest of it stays private.”

Ellis said that he takes pride in his relationship with umpires.

“They probably have the toughest job in our sport,” Ellis said, adding that Winters is “a great man.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected for arguing a called third strike against Andre Ethier in the top of the seventh inning.