For someone who plays with minimal restraint and is loud when in the company of his teammates,
Even in his native Spanish, Puig reveals little, frequently falling back on cliches. The 22-year-old from Cuba was that way when he was called up to the major leagues in June and was that way in a pregame news conference Monday.
Asked about the Dodgers' decision to start
When asked about the difference between the playoffs and regular season, Puig said that in the playoffs, opposing pitchers give their best.
When reflecting on his rookie season, Puig said, "I've always given my best."
He thanked his teammates for helping him along, adding, "That's why I always try to give my best."
Told he looked as if he was injured the day before, Puig said, "I'm in condition to give my best."
The only time Puig diverted from the script was when he made a considerable effort to put a positive spin on
"He helped us win by not giving up even more runs," Puig said. "He drove in a run too."
Ellis back in the lineup
A.J. Ellis was back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday for the
"I'm with A.J. pretty much," Mattingly said. "I think at this time of year, you have to catch the guy that gives you the best chance."
Ellis batted .500 with two doubles, two runs batted in and a run scored in the Dodgers' first three playoff games. He had an on-base percentage of .636.
But Ellis' defense is why Mattingly insists on starting him every game.
"A.J. runs the pitching staff," Mattingly said. "There's a confidence these guys have in what he puts down. He's not guessing. There's a plan to whatever we're doing."
"He was there to keep A.J. fresh," Mattingly said of Federowicz.
Ellis played in 115 regular-season games, down from 133 games last season. He caught 9721/3 innings, 178 2/3 fewer than he did in 2012.
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