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Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Hector Olivera have relied on same batting coach
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Hector Olivera have relied on same batting coach

Yasiel Puig shares more than a home country with Hector Olivera, the Cuban infielder who agreed to a $62.5-million contract with the Dodgers this week. Puig and Olivera learned how to hit from the same person. "His father was my hitting coach," Puig explained in Spanish. The 29-year-old Olivera, whose deal with the Dodgers is pending a physical examination, is the son of former Cuban league batting champion Hector Olivera Sr. When Puig played for Cienfuegos in Cuba's Serie Nacional, the elder Olivera was the team's hitting instructor. Puig started working with him when he was 15. "He was a tremendous influence on me," Puig said. Puig said the...

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