Yasiel Puig back in Dodgers’ lineup after benching

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One day after being benched for arriving late to the ballpark, Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers’ lineup this afternoon against the Giants.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Puig will bat leadoff and play right field. Matt Kemp is in center field and Scott Van Slyke will play left as Don Mattingly goes with a righty-heavy lineup against left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

Puig was 45 minutes late for stretching yesterday and arrived hours after most of his teammates. He said after the game that he “didn’t know” the time for stretching was moved up due to the pre-game ceremonies, but took full responsibility and said he was “truly sorry.”

Below is video of Mattingly’s comments from after yesterday’s game:

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. His contract will extend through the 2021 season, though it’s not clear whether a club option exists for 2022. A formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.