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More drama involving Yasiel Puig in Dodgers' loss

LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly believes the San Francisco Giants are employing a double standard, and he's setting out to fix it.

The Dodgers' manager was ejected during his team's 3-1 loss Friday night at Dodger Stadium, their sixth in eight tries against San Francisco this season.

But of more immediate intrigue was a sixth-inning dustup, when Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner took issue with the way Dodgers lightning rod right fielder Yasiel Puig celebrated a solo home run.

Mattingly said Bumgarner was wrong to confront Puig when he and his teammates have celebrated homers similarly.

"The game today is different," Mattingly said. "You can't be mad at one guy when your guys do the same type stuff. It's got to be one or the other."

On Friday's homer, Puig flipped his bat, as he is wont to do, but what appeared to irk Bumgarner was the leisurely pace at which the 23-year-old rounded the bases.

When Puig rounded third, Bumgarner shouted at him, and Puig shouted back, quickly bringing Mattingly out of the dugout.

Puig said through a translator he was surprised to see Bumgarner confront him, but he thought what he did was "part of the game."

With a straight face, Bumgarner said he was "just congratulating" Puig for the home run.

"That was a really good swing," Bumgarner said. "I don't know why everybody got so mad."

Regardless, Mattingly was ejected during Hanley Ramirez's ensuing at-bat. He said it was strictly about disputed strike calls with plate umpire Will Little.

In the second inning, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt broke his left thumb when he was hit by a Paul Maholm pitch, but tempers didn't flare then.

The tilt remained scoreless until the fifth, when San Francisco's Brandon Hicks walked and Brandon Crawford followed with a home run.

The Giants got another run in the sixth inning when Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner threw away a grounder.


Since he reverted back to his power-hitting self last year and because he plays the sport's most difficult position, shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been widely believed to be the Dodgers' most irreplaceable player.

But a new candidate for that title has entered the picture, as third baseman Juan Uribe might miss time because of a hamstring injury, and it has quickly become clear the Dodgers don't have any viable options to replace him.

Uribe, 35, strained his right hamstring in the seventh inning of Thursday's loss to the San Francisco Giants, then was removed an inning later. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held him out of the lineup Friday and said he might be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after further evaluation.

"Hamstrings are tricky because you could feel pretty good, but if you can't run you can't play," Mattingly said. "It may be one of those things, you're walking fine but as you try to extend, then you can't play. We'll know really quickly. We'll give him the day and probably find out tomorrow if he's going to be able to run or not, and then we'll make that decision."

If he is disabled, the Dodgers will likely call up an infielder, but it's probably not going to be anyone with significant third-base experience.

"I don't know if we're really sitting anywhere with a top minor league prospect being a third baseman," Mattingly said. "If that was the case, we'd probably do that. Right now, I'd look at it like we're going to find one with the guys we have now."

The Dodgers' Triple-A third baseman is Jamie Romak and the Double-A third baseman is Daniel Mayora. Both are 28, and are minor league journeymen with no major league experience.

Justin Turner and Chone Figgins, both on the 25-man roster, can each handle third base, at least in a pinch. Turner started there Friday, and it's likely they'll get the majority of the playing time created by Uribe's absence.

The Dodgers also conceivably could move Ramirez to third and call up a shortstop, but that hasn't even been discussed.


Dodgers relievers are walking opponents more than twice as often as Giants relievers, which became an issue when they lost Thursday's game after loading the bases on walks.

Entering Friday's game, the Dodgers bullpen had issued walks at the third-highest rate in the majors � 4.92 per nine innings. The Giants have issued 2.33 walks per nine.

Take away 2013 whipping boy Brandon League and the numbers get even worse. League's BB/9 was down to 2.18 after his 21/3-inning appearance Friday, whereas the rest of the bullpen's mark was 5.33.

"How many guys we're walking is something we're going to keep addressing," Mattingly said. "We're going to have to walk less guys, but I'm comfortable that we're going to be able to."


Catcher A.J. Ellis (torn meniscus) caught seven innings and had three plate appearances in an extended spring-training game in Arizona. He'll serve as the designated hitter in another game Saturday and then could head out for a minor league rehab assignment, according to Mattingly. ...

Scott Van Slyke got the start in left field against San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner as Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier sat on the bench. "He's here, really, to punish left-handers, to be honest with you," Mattingly said of Van Slyke. ...

After Saturday's 1 p.m. Dodgers-Giants game, the Dodgers will host an Old-Timers' Game on the field, featuring the likes of former closer Eric Gagne and other recent Dodgers such as Nomar Garciaparra, Steve Finley and Raul Mondesi. SportsNet LA will broadcast the two-inning game live.

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