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Yasiel Puig injures thumb in Dodgers' 7-2 loss to Giants

Yasiel Puig made himself the story again Saturday.
A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, Puig slid head first into first base when he didnt have to, leaving the Dodgers waiting for X-rays of his left thumb to be reviewed by their medical staff.
Puig played the final six innings of the Dodgers 7-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, but could be sidelined for the series finale Sunday as the Dodgers try to avoid a three-game sweep. Also Dodgers a main part of the scene, but they cant be seen by many on TV Dodgers fans have their opening say, and its a mixed bag Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu gets roughed up by Giants in 8-4 loss Photos:Dodgers 2014 home opener Dodgers trounced by Giants again, 7-2 Yasiel Puigs late-to-opening-day work ethic a non-starter for Dodgers
BOX SCORE: Giants 7, Dodgers 2
If Puig cant play, its not as serious a problem as it would be to other teams. The inevitable has finally happened. With Matt Kemp back from the disabled list, the Dodgers have their long-awaited surplus of outfielders.
Now, as long as Kemp, Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier remain healthy, at least one of them will be sitting at the start of a game.
Puig was on the bench Friday. For the latest game, it was Crawford and Ethier who were tapped on the shoulder by Manager Don Mattingly and informed they wouldnt be starting.
With left-hander Madison Bumgarner starting for the visitors, Mattingly stacked his lineup with right-handed hitters. That put the left-handed-hitting Crawford and Ethier on the bench as reserves, as the right-handed-hitting Scott Van Slyke started in left field. Kemp was in center field and Puig in right.
When the Dodgers faced right-hander Ryan Vogelsong on Friday, Mattingly initially sat Kemp. But Puig was late for batting practice, which led to Kemp replacing him in the lineup.
Im trying to match up as best I can with our personnel and their personnel, Mattingly said. Its what you try to do every game.
The Dodgers will face right-hander Matt Cain in the series finale.
If Puig is available, the logical odd-man out would be Kemp, a .222 hitter in 54 at-bats against Cain.
Ethier is 30 for 68 (.441) against Cain and Crawford is five for 15 (.333). Puig has only eight at-bats against Cain, but has a home run and two doubles against him.
Kemp has already made clear he doesnt like the idea he might sit. Earlier in his career, Kemp played in 399 consecutive games, which was the longest active streak in baseball at the time.
You dont want to sit down and watch the other team beat your club, knowing you have a chance to help the team win, he said. I think we all — us four, five outfielders — have the same attitude. We want to play every day.
Crawford was more diplomatic.
If youre thinking about the team, its not really hard, Crawford said.
Ethier offered an answer that was similar to Crawfords.
Im in the lineup, Im not in the lineup, Im ready every day no matter what they ask me to do every day, Ethier said.
Crawford said he doesnt feel as if he is competing for playing time.
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