Two thoughts on the Dodgers’ 2015 roster.

It’s going to take more than one story or one blog entry to grasp the full scope of what’s happened to the Dodgers roster since the end of the season. I wrote this today. It’s a start. Mostly, it’s a look ahead to what the 2015 Dodgers could look like. What changes could happen between now and then?

Two thoughts.

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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig has two doubles and an adventurous day in the field in Japan.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance last night in Team USA’s 6-1 win over Japan in the Japan All-Star Series. It was the first win for the traveling MLB squad against a Japanese all-star team known as “Samurai Japan.”

Puig made a diving catch in right field and also did this:

MLB has more on the game here; the box score is here. Dodgers catcher Drew Butera went 0 for 4 in the game.

Yasiel Puig whiffs in Japan debut.


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 2 early Wednesday morning in Japan as a team of MLB All-Stars lost 2-0 to a team of Japanese All-Stars.

Puig struck out and walked in his only two plate appearances against Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. Maeda, who has been reportedly interested in coming to MLB in 2015, threw five shutout innings. Puig grounded out against reliever Kazuhisa Makita in his only other plate appearance.

The MLB All-Stars got only three hits in the game against Maeda, Makita, Yuji Nishino and Shohei Otani — the 20-year-old with a 99-mph fastball who is expected to start next Tuesday.

According to MLB.com, the schedule for the exhibition games is as follows:

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Report: Dodgers are “aggressively” shopping outfielders.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one of the first orders of business for the Dodgers’ new front office includes trading an outfielder.

There’s no surprise there. What’s interesting is the names on the trade list.

The Dodgers never shopped their outfielders aggressively under former general manager Ned Colletti. Now it seems front-office shakeup could be followed by a shakeup of the major league roster.

Stay tuned.

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: A familiar, painful ending.

ST. LOUIS >> There were lots of questions for the Dodgers to ponder on the flight home after their season-ending, 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Mark Whicker asks this: How do you send six men to the plate in the sixth inning, have five of them reach base and score just two runs?

The box score is here.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on benching Yasiel Puig for Game 4 of NLDS.

ST. LOUIS >> Yasiel Puig was smiling Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes, looking nothing like a man who’d just been benched for a playoff game for the first time in his major-league career.

He learned his fate the same way the rest of us at Busch Stadium did: by seeing Andre Ethier‘s name in the lineup card. But Puig said in Spanish that he didn’t need to talk to manager Don Mattingly about the decision.

We need to win that game,” Puig said. “I’m not working well on the field against St. Louis. It’s gone really bad in this series but … we’re doing the best we can. I’d like to hit every time I’ve gone up to bat, but haven’t been able to do so and I just win this game today with Ethier back there and with all of the guys that are playing. We know that we’re going to win with (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and then continue at home with (Zack) Greinke.”

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Was home plate umpire Dale Scott applauding a Yasiel Puig strikeout Monday? (Video)

Well, the folks over at LasordasLair.com sure think so. And they have the video to prove it:

Was this what Matt Kemp was thinking when he said that Dale Scott should be disciplined?

Unfortunately we didn’t see the video before getting a chance to talk to Kemp on Tuesday.

Watch: Yasiel Puig is hit by a pitch, inciting benches-clearing argument.

Yasiel Puig was hit in the left shoulder by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium, inciting a benches-clearing argument between the two teams.

There’s a history. Puig and Hanley Ramirez — twice — were hit by pitches in the most recent regular-season series between the teams in July.

Last October, Ramirez was hit in the ribs by a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. After sitting out Game 2, Ramirez attempted to play hurt in the final four games of the series but was not a factor.

Friday, Wainwright brushed Ramirez back with a pitch in the first inning, provoking Ramirez to glare at the mound. Ramirez later lined out to third base to end the at-bat — and the first inning.

This incident was relatively tame. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez both left the bench in an uproar. Along with Puig, they took turns shouting at Wainwright and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Both managers and coaches from both sides successfully got between the yelling players, and the argument died down after a few minutes.

Both benches were warned, but no players were ejected. The most violent moment — if you can call it that — is when Molina shoved home-plate umpire Jerry Meals:

Puig later came around to score on a single by Ramirez. That tied the game 1-1. Ramirez stole second base and scored on a ground-rule double by Carl Crawford, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Randal Grichuk in the first inning against Clayton Kershaw.

Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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Watch: Yasiel Puig makes diving catch, turns inning-ending double play.

CHICAGO >> Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig made one of the best catches you’ll see this year in the fifth inning Saturday.

Puig ran down a line-drive to the left-center field gap hit by the Chicago Cubs’ Jorge Soler, dove head-first to make the catch, then threw to second base to complete an inning-ending double play.

(His right shoulder might not look OK, but he was able to bat in the top of the sixth inning and hit a stand-up double.)

Thanks to Chad Moriyama and Daniel Brim for the GIFs: