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Video: Yasiel Puig swats monster home run to give Dodgers 4-0 lead in World Series Game 4

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Through five innings, Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez was dealing. He decorated his first postseason start with six strikeouts and limited the Dodgers to just three bases as he traded scoreless inning after scoreless inning with opposing lefty Rich Hill. And then the sixth inning happened, and the wheels started to fall off.

After inadvertently plunking David Freese and issuing a three-pitch strikeout to knock out Max Muncy, Rodríguez found himself in hot water when Justin Turner roped a line drive down the third base line. The ball skirted just under Eduardo Núñez’s glove and into the left field corner, allowing Turner to reach second base and setting up Manny Machado for a go-ahead run. Rodríguez intentionally walked the slugger, but chaos erupted as Cody Bellinger hit into a force out. Christian Vázquez got the out at home, but his throw to first base ricocheted off of Bellinger’s back and the Dodgers eked out their first run of the night on the catcher’s errant throw.

The kicker: Down 1-0 with two outs and runners at the corners, the right-handed Yasiel Puig stepped up to the plate against Rodríguez and lofted a mammoth 439-footer out to left-center field to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.

As expected, it was the last at-bat of the night for Rodríguez, who slammed his glove to the ground in frustration as Puig rounded the bases. The Dodgers currently lead 4-0 in the seventh.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.