Game 48: Dodgers go the distance in sweeping Cincinnati Reds.

Joc Pederson

Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson hits the wall after missing a ball hit by Jay Bruce in the 4th inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 win. Bruce drove in a run but was thrown out trying to stretch a triple into a home run. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Three hits, an outstanding start by Scott Kazmir, and three scoreless innings by the bullpen were all the Dodgers needed to dispatch the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep.

The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Dave Roberts said he was “not angry at all” with Yasiel Puig, who did not start Wednesday’s game.

Here’s what they were saying in the clubhouse after the game:

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Yasiel Puig isn’t in lineup, though not for disciplinary reasons, per Dodgers’ manager.

Yasiel Puig benched

Yasiel Puig was benched in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 8-2 win on Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, one day after he was benched in the middle of an 8-2 win for not hustling out a hit in the sixth inning.

The decision to start Trayce Thompson in right field today was made before Puig was benched last night, manager Dave Roberts said.

Roberts said he believes Puig has already learned his lesson and no further discipline is necessary.

“We had a good conversation,” Roberts said. “He wants to be a better teammate. … He wants to get better.”

It’s just as notable that Thompson has now started 15 of a possible 17 games this month at all three outfield positions. More on him later. Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup against Reds right-hander Dan Straily:
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Game 47: Dave Roberts makes a tough decision in Dodgers’ win over Reds.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig was removed from the Dodgers’ 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds for not running out this hit. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers took advantage of three errors and six free passes to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

The box score is here.

The photo gallery is here.

Will Clayton Kershaw pitch on normal rest Saturday or extra rest Sunday when the Dodgers visit the New York Mets this weekend? Dave Roberts is considering his options.

Yasiel Puig was removed for not hustling out a fly ball off the wall that he turned into a single in the sixth inning. Here’s what he and Roberts said about it after the game:
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Game 44: Finding a new way to lose, Dodgers take the idea of a ‘walk-off’ literally.

Chin-Hui Tsao

Dodgers pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao suffered his first loss of the season Saturday in his second game since being recalled from Triple-A. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers in their final plate appearance for the second straight day, this time on a walk-off walk issued by Chin-Hui Tsao with the bases loaded in the 11th inning. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig is nothing if not aware of his problem in the batter’s box.

Here’s what the Dodgers were saying after the game:
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Vin Scully ranks No. 5 on list of L.A.’s most powerful in sports.

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Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully smiles as he makes his way to the stage during the Dodgers’ fourth annual FanFest in January. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ranks fifth on our annual list of the 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports. Scully moved up from sixth on our 2015 list.

The other Dodger folks on our list (last year’s rank in parentheses):
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