MIAMI — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig violated a team rule by showing up late at Marlins Park on Tuesday before the team’s game with the Miami Marlins and was fined by the team, according to manager Don Mattingly.
Puig also was summoned to Mattingly’s office for a closed-door meeting and was not in Tuesday’s lineup, though Mattingly said that was for baseball reasons and that he had decided on his lineup before he knew Puig was going to be late.
Despite not starting, Puig made his presence felt in Tuesday’s game, hitting a go-ahead leadoff homer in the eighth inning as the Dodgers avoided a third straight loss with a 6-4 win. He earlier entered the game as defensive replacement.
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