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Dodgers' Yasiel Puig seems to have lost patience at the plate

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig seems to have lost patience at the plate

The most encouraging image from the latest iteration of Yasiel Puig's attempt at development occurred in the first game of the season. Puig worked a walk against San Diego, flipped his bat and sprinted to first base.

Puig repeated the gesture four more times during the first week of the season, adding flair to his newfound patience. The production thrilled Dodgers officials, who expressed optimism about Puig's ability to bounce back after a disappointing 2015 season.

But the restraint at the plate has not lasted. Puig has walked once in his last 15 games heading into Thursday night. During that stretch, he hit .204 with four...

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