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Yasiel Puig changed his batting stance


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is coming off of another disappointing season. The Cuban outfielder hit .263/.323/.416 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 368 plate appearances. The inffective and injury-plagued campaign wasn’t what he nor the Dodgers were expecting in year five of his seven-year, $42 million contract.

During the offseason, Puig changed his batting stance and the early returns are good. Excuse the amateurish cropping, but here are the major differences.


Puig stands straight up at the plate now¬†whereas before he had a slight crouch. And as he’s preparing to swing, Puig’s leg kick is straight up and down as opposed to a toe tap.

Puig blasted a solo home run — his first of the spring — during Sunday’s exhibition against Mariners switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. Of course, he celebrated with his signature bat flip.

The Dodgers are certainly hoping there’s more where that came from.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.