Yasiel Puig isn’t sure where he’ll hit in the Dodgers’ lineup.

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig said he’s worked on speed this off-season. (Getty Images)

With speedy leadoff man Dee Gordon and slugger Matt Kemp both traded, it’s not clear where Yasiel Puig will bat in the Dodgers’ lineup this season. He batted second most of last season, has hit first in the past, and has enough power to anchor the middle.

“I haven’t been told where I’ll be hitting,” he said in Spanish at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday. “Miguel Cabrera has given me some advice on working out, weightlifting. I’ve been exercising more this off-season than other years. … I’ve been concentrating on my speed to steal more bases.”

Sounds like he’ll be ready for anything. Here’s more from Puig (in Spanish):



Video: Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson talks rookie program, patience, etc.

Joc Pederson gave a seemingly mundane interview [above] to MLB.com today, talking about his personal development as a hitter and the rookie development camp going on this week in Los Angeles. Two things to keep in mind about what he said:

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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.