Yasiel Puig logs four hits, falls a homer shy of cycle in Dodgers win

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Yasiel Puig continued dominating National League pitching as he contributed four hits in his first four at-bats this afternoon, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an opportunity to wrap it up in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out against Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus. Behind a strong start from Stephen Fife, the Dodgers handily defeated the Phillies in the finale of a four-game series in which, despite a historic 16-1 loss on Friday, they looked like the better team.

Puig bumped his slash line up to .436/.467/.713 through his first 26 games, making the debate about his All-Star candidacy all the more interesting. He’ll have two more weeks to pad his stats while fans will have two more weeks to run his campaign.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.