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The Dodgers might sell the glamour of Puig, but their foundation is what it always has been: pitching, particularly starting pitching. So consider this: the Dodgers are about to add the defending
Beckett and four relievers combined on a three-hitter Sunday, in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the
Puig put on his Sunday best. In the second inning, he had a show-stopping throw, nailing
In the sixth inning, after
Puig responded with his second home run of the season, this one measured at 422 feet, and a royal bat flip. The three-run homer gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. Collmenter was so mad he caught the new baseball, thrown to him from home plate, with his bare hand.
Puig said he understood the Diamondbacks' strategy.
"Looks like the manager made the right call," Puig said through an interpreter.
He was reminded that he hit a home run.
"If I hit a home run," he said, "maybe it was a bad decision."
Beckett worked the first five innings on Sunday, giving up no runs and one hit and striking out seven. He extended his string of consecutive scoreless innings to 11 and lowered his earned-run average to 2.57. he would have gone longer, but he needed intravenous fluids to combat the bug circulating in the Dodgers' clubhouse.
"This was the hardest five innings I've ever had to pitch," Beckett said.
"Andre Ethier is my hero," Beckett said.
The Dodgers pretty much have three aces in Kershaw,
The Dodgers offered no timetable for his return, but one club source said he believed Kershaw could rejoin them on their next trip, which extends from April 29 through May 7.
That would leave
A healthy and productive Beckett could make for something close to an all-star rotation.
"Josh has got a lot of innings under his belt," Dodgers Manager
Mattingly did not mean that as a backhanded compliment, just a reality check.
"He can't pitch the way he did five or six years ago," Mattingly said. "His stuff is still good enough to win."
Beckett used to throw fastballs about two-thirds of the time, at an average of 95 mph, according to fangraphs.com. Now he throws them less than half the time, at an average of 92 mph.
"It's easy for me to revert to the guy I've been," Beckett said. "I've still got stuff. It's not like I'm throwing 84, 85 mph. I still have the stuff to overpower when I need to. I have to pick my spots now."