Game 26: Clayton Kershaw carries the Dodgers to a much-needed win.

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Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 batters and didn’t allow a run in throwing his first complete game of the season Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers’ losing streak ended at six games and Clayton Kershaw made all the difference. The left-hander tossed his first complete game of the season and drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig is optimistic he can work his way out of his current slump.

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Why Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff today against the San Diego Padres.

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Yasiel Puig will lead off Sunday for the first time since last July. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)


The first time Yasiel Puig was penciled into a major league lineup, he hit leadoff. The last time — before Sunday — was July of last year.

In one sense, it’s a surprise he ever moved from the top of the lineup. For his career Puig has a .467 on-base percentage, with almost as many walks (6) as strikeouts (8), when leading off a game.

Today, Puig will lead off against the San Diego Padres not because he’s hot but because he’s cold. In his last 14 games Puig has a .137/.154/.235 slash line.

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Game 25: San Diego Padres hand Dodgers sixth loss in a row.

Ross Stripling couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning and the Dodgers’ offense again offered little support in losing their sixth straight game. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig was given a day to clear his mind.

Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

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Game 3: Kenta Maeda’s debut is a triumph of momentum, a pox upon the DH.

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Kenta Maeda’s major league debut featured six shutout innings and a historic home run. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO >> Kenta Maeda and the 2016 Dodgers are making this look easier than it is. Maeda hit a solo home run (video), and so did Yasiel Puig (video), in a 7-0 win over the Padres that gave birth to some rather impressive firsts. The box score is here.

Maeda was anything but boastful in his postgame comments.

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