Yasiel Puig struck out in his first two plate appearances Saturday night against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, but the just-activated 24-year-old got it very right the third time around …
Puig hadn’t appeared in a game for the Dodgers since April 24 because of a lingering left hamstring strain. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw made that go-ahead run stick with eight innings of shutout ball and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen returned from a bout with dehydration to pick up a seamless three-out save. Los Angeles will try to split this big four-game series with St. Louis on Sunday night behind Zack Greinke.
Puig said this winter that he views the Cardinals — not the Giants — as the Dodgers’ principal rival.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.