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The Juice: Yasiel Puig ejected in Dodgers benches-clearing win against D-backs; Hello, Gerrit Cole!

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Hey, another first came Tuesday night for new Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig. He was ejected for fighting — "delivering an overhand punch to the back of reserve infielder Eric Hinske's head," writes Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times — in a 5-3 victory against the Diamondbacks that included two bench-clearing skirmishes and five other ejections after Puig was hit in the face with a pitch.

Puig is so good, he can even get hits during a baseball fight.

Hits that matter: Tim Fedorowicz came through with the biggest non-pugilistic hit of the game, a three-run double in the eighth against David Hernandez — who had walked the bases loaded — that put the Dodgers ahead. Kenley Jansen, now closing instead of Brandon League, got the save. We'll see what greater effect this has on the standings of the NL West, where Arizona still leads last-place L.A. by 7 1/2 games.

True Gerrit: Making his big-league debut, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning during an 8-2 victory against the Giants. Cole, the top overall pick in the 2011 draft, allowed two runs and seven hits, not walking a batter and striking out two. He was throwing 96 or 97 mph fastballs, setting down 13 in a row at one point. He also broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single, his "first hit since high school," Cole said. Jeez, kid, slow down!

You want to see his mom interviewed?

I love moms. I would have asked her about the decision — a good one, by the way — to spell "Gerrit" like that.

MORE SCORES

Blue Jays 7, White Sox 5 (10 inn.): Down to his last strike, Jose Bautista tied the score with a solo home run in the ninth against closer Addison Reed. However, the biggest indignant moment for the Sox came when li'l dude Maicer Izturis knocked the ball from the clutches of catcher Tyler Flowers — a much bigger dude — for an insurance run in the 10th.

Mariners 4, Astros 0: I swear that Aaron Harang was about one bad start from being released. Now he's thrown two complete-game shutouts for the Mariners. This was a two-hitter against the Astros, and Harang's ERA is still 5.60, but it just goes to show — you can't predict ball.

Orioles 3, Angels 2: In a game filled with great defense, this home-run robbing catch by — no, not Mike Trout — but instead Peter Bourjos, was the best. J.J. Hardy, conversely, can't catch a break when the Angels come to Camden Yards.

Cardinals 9, Mets 2: Wacha, Wacha, Wacha!

Rays 8, Red Sox 3: No arguing this time, like the night before. Two home runs for Desmond Jennings. Right after I trade him from my fantasy team. ... Oh, was that out loud?

Marlins 5, Brewers 4: There's ONE GUY in the Miami lineup you have to worry about, and still Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run homer to put the Fish ahead in the eighth inning.

Indians 5, Rangers 2: An eight-game losing streak would not become nine, thanks to Corey Kluber and the Clue Club!

Reds 12, Cubs 2: Cincy has won 11 straight at Wrigley Field, and that's a record for a Cubs opponent. Franchester must have been crowing.

Rockies 8, Nationals 3: I just can't believe Coors Field didn't soothe what ails Dan Haren. Two home runs for Tyler Colvin, who just got back from the minors.

Athletics 6, Yankees 4: It never seems to work out for CC Sabathia when he returns to the East Bay. He's got a 5.30 ERA in 14 starts at the Oakland Coliseum. Speaking of beefy right-handers, Bartolo Colon has an 0.75 ERA over his past five starts.

Padres 3, Braves 2: Right-handed beard Andrew Cashner is who the Padres got for Anthony Rizzo in the Cubs trade. That deal just might work out for both sides.

Twins 3, Phillies 2: He's curiously stuck on two home runs, but Justin Morneau is driving in runs for the Twinkies. "Tony Bastard!," swear the Phillies fans.

Tigers 3, Royals 2: Because he realizes that wins and losses for pitchers are dumb, Max Scherzer has put his 9-0 start — the best for a Tigers pitcher since Vern Kennedy in 1938 — into proper perspective. See how in the "Quote of the Day."

''Don't get me wrong — I love being 9-0, but it's more important that we won. For me, it's all about going out there and pitching deep into the game and effective.

''If we score in the ninth, I don't get the win. It's kind of fluky sometimes that stat can relate to pitching. The way I look at success is how well I pitch.''

— Max Scherzer, keeping it real

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Jayson Werth looks up ... and you can put it on the board for Tyler Colvin.

• The Giants placed slugger Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained tendon in his left foot.

• The Marlins drew a season-low 13,110 fans for their third victory in four games.

• With a broken-bat single, David Freese of the Cardinals extended his hitting streak to 20 games, longest in the majors this season.

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