Yasiel Puig was back in the lineup Friday for the first time since being struck by a pitch on his left hand during the Los Angeles Dodgers series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Puig appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game and remained in the game to play one inning in center field. Despite missing nearly a week’s worth of action, Puig’s timing at the plate showed no ill-effects.
Tim Lincecum took the mound for the San Francisco Giants and Puig began the day a career 5-for-10 with a 1.183 OPS. He added to his success in the first inning with a one-out triple high off the left-center field wall that nearly was a home run.
Then in the fifth inning, Puig hit an RBI stand-up triple to right-center that gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. With Giants reliever Juan Gutierrez on the mound one inning later, Puig hit his third triple of the night.
Puig became the first Dodger to hit three triples since Jimmy Sheckard accomplished the feat in 1901. Puig also started in center field Friday for the first time this season and played the position without issue.
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