This much is working out for Yasiel Puig: Red is his favorit

This much is working out for Yasiel Puig: Red is his favorit

Postby zhangzk » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:41 pm

GOODYEAR Madison Bumgarner Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati’s new outfielder appeared in his fourth spring game Thursday, hitting a two-run homer in a 10-8 loss. It was his first home run since moving from glittering Hollywood with the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Queen City in a blockbuster deal which also sent outfielder Matt Kemp, pitcher Alex Wood and infielder Kyle Farmer to the Reds in December.Puig has looked good on the field so far, and he’s also been himself off of it, feeling at home in a welcoming climate new manager David Bell has sought to provide.“I had seen him play so that was my only experience with him,” Bell said of Puig. “He’s been great to have in camp. He’s happy to be here. He brings great energy to what he does every day. He’s been a good teammate. It goes for all our players — we want them to be comfortable being themselves and he certainly is and we think it’s great.“More than anything that stands out is his energy and he is happy to be here,” Bell said. “He likes it here. He says he likes red. I think he does like red, but I think it also means he likes being here and that’s important to us.”The Reds hired Turner Ward as hitting coach this offseason, a job he held with the Dodgers from 2016-18. Puig appeared to love working with Ward, often giving him kisses on the cheek last season in the dugout as a thank you after big hits.“Yasiel is very flamboyant and exciting,” Ward said. “It wouldn’t matter if he was playing in a college game. He’ll be the same. It’s not going to be the city, it’s the person. The person will bring the energy and that style.“We want them to have the freedom to do the things they do. I don’t have to act a certain way or do a certain thing. That’s where I believe David is coming from and as a staff we’re coming from. ‘Hey, be you — you is good enough.'”Kemp, who has been traded four times, was looking forward to seeing what Puig Juan Marichal Jersey , 28, will do with the Reds.“I’ve known him forever,” Kemp said. “It’s fun, it’s entertaining. You get a lot of laughs out of it. He keeps everybody loose and keeps everybody wondering what he’s going to do next.”On Monday, Puig put on a show during a 14-pitch plate appearance against the Mariners that ended in a walk. The showdown included a tongue wag, some hip shaking and a bat toss after finally drawing the free pass.The plan is to have Puig primarily play right field, but he’ll get some time in center field this spring as well.“We know he can do it,” Bell said. “I know he believes he can play both, which is great.”As long as he’s in red, Puig should be happy. It’s the color of his glove as well as his new uniform.“It’s his favorite color,” Ward said. “He is going to bring energy every day.”NOTES: RHP Sonny Gray, who has been sidelined with elbow stiffness, threw off the mound Saturday and said it was “the best day thus far.” After being acquired from the Yankees in January, he said he expects to be ready by the start of the season. “Everything’s progressing how we thought it would,” Gray said. … LHP Alex Wood is not scheduled yet for his next spring game. Bell said they wanted to give Wood time to work on things. SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants get an opportunity to play spoiler against the team they’d most enjoy spoiling — the Los Angeles Dodgers — when the longtime rivals close out the regular season e determined within three games against a team that has beaten them nine of 16 this season.Article continues below ...LA will take the field Friday night one game behind the Colorado Rockies (89-70) in the West, and one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals (87-72) in the wild-card race. The Rockies host the Washington Nationals on Friday night, and the Cardinals begin a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.The Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves have all already clinched playoff spots in the NL.“Not how we scripted it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Wednesday’s second consecutive loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, which dropped LA into second place.“We’re a very dangerous team. I know we believe in ourselves. Now our focus has to turn to the Giants.”Ryu has been the Dodgers’ hottest pitcher of late, coming off back-to-back shutout efforts covering a total of 13 innings against Colorado and San Di nts still have some fight in them.“We’re all playing for pride, for the Giants name on the front of the jersey,” he said after Wednesday’s 3-2 home loss to San Diego. “The rivalry with the Dodgers, having them at home, they’ve got these games on the line … that’s going to give us a little extra incentive to lay it all out there.”Bumgarner beat the Dodgers 5-2 on Aug. 13, allowing a home run to Justin Turner among seven hits in six innings.He also lost a 3-1 decision in LA in June when Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez took him deep.Bumgarner has more career wins against the Dodgers (15) than any other team. He has gone 15-10 with a 2.61 ERA in 31 meetings, including 30 starts.The respected hitter was last seen pinch-hitting in the 12th inning against the Padres on Tuesday night. He delivered his first career walk-off hit, a single that ended a 5-4 win.Bumgarner has gone 2-for-10 with four strikeouts in his career against Ryu.
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