Chase Utley, 37, is the Dodgers’ Opening Day leadoff hitter.

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Chase Utley has two hits in 11 plate appearances leading off a game in his career. He’ll lead off Monday against the San Diego Padres. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


SAN DIEGO — Chase Utley had been in eight Opening Day lineups before today, but never had he been penciled into the leadoff slot.
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MLB announces it will not discipline Yasiel Puig under its domestic violence policy.

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Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the Cactus League season Wednesday, minutes after MLB formally announced that the Dodgers outfielder would not be suspended under its domestic violence policy. (Staff photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Major Leaue Baseball announced Wednesday that it will not discipline Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig under its domestic violence policy.

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Yasiel Puig cleared to practice, three days after having wisdom teeth removed.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yasiel Puig was cleared to practice with the Dodgers on Friday, three days after the outfielder had his two left wisdom teeth removed.

Puig, 25, reported early to camp this year. Friday, he said the procedure wasn’t an emergency. Rather, his dentist merely advised him to get the procedure out of the way early. The team’s first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch was Thursday.

Puig confirmed the threadbare substance of a TMZ report that he now owns a helicopter, but he declined to elaborate on the part about getting it tricked out. While we are told that helicopters cannot land at Dodger Stadium, Puig had a message for Lakers star Kobe Bryant: “If he needs a ride, he can call me.”

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Season in review about nothing: Yasiel Puig, ‘The Parking Garage.’

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Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was sidelined all of September with a right hamstring strain. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

This is Part 38 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

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Key stats: ..255/.322/.436, 11 HR, 38 RBIs, 3 SB in 6 attempts in 79 games

Seinfeld episode: “The Parking Garage.” (Season 3, Episode 6)

Key quote: “It was easy the last time.”

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Joe Torre: MLB learned of Aroldis Chapman incident late Monday.

NASHVILLE — On a practical level, the question of when the Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and others learned that pitcher Aroldis Chapman was involved in a domestic violence complaint in October is moot. We are where we are, and the Dodgers are reportedly unsure of whether to trade for Chapman now that he’s under investigation by MLB:

Still, the issue of whether the Dodgers would trade for a pitcher knowing he allegedly choked a woman and fired off a gun in his home is a touchy one. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to say when he learned of the allegations against Chapman, which were first reported by Yahoo.com Monday night. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is currently under investigation for an incident that might fall under the league’s domestic violence policy, too.

Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said that the league learned of the incident around the same time the public became aware Monday night.

“We did not get that information until late yesterday,” Torre said. “That’s the first we heard about it. And obviously it happened, you know, much earlier than that. So it takes time to gather information, and the same thing with the José Reyes (incident, which is also being investigated by MLB). We want to make sure we have all the information and then the decision will be made. The only timetable is when we feel we’ve got as much information as we can get.”

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