After losing three consecutive games the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted a split-squad Seattle Mariners team at Camelback Ranch on Sunday. The Dodgers were still without Corey Seager, who remained unavailable due to back tenderness.
Julio Urias was on the mound for his second start of the spring, and the Dodgers lineup included regulars Logan Forsythe, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig. Urias turned in two scoreless innings, issued one walk and collected two strikeouts. He’s expected to make another start in five days.
After Yaisel Sierra worked around a a walk and single in the fourth inning, Puig broke the scoreless tie by crushing a solo home run to left-center field:
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The home run was Puig’s first of the spring in five games (including Sunday). He entered play batting .273/.273/.455 with two doubles and two strikeouts in 11 at-bats.
Puig is hopeful to play his way into an everyday job in right field. He finished last season as part of a platoon with Josh Reddick, who signed with the Houston Astros during the offseason. While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not name Puig the starter in right field, he said the dynamic outfielder would receive plenty of playing time.