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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Yasiel Puig, Howie Kendrick dropped in batting order amid struggles.

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Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.

Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.

Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.

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Game 17: Zach Lee is coming, Yimi Garcia is hurt, Yasiel Puig is ridiculous and the Dodgers lose.

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Yasiel Puig catches D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly just outside the foul chalk line in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Getty Images)

DENVER — What do you take from tonight?

That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.

The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.

Yasmani Grandal entered the weekend on a hot streak that somewhat ironically might be stalled at Coors Field.

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