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Puig back in Dodgers' lineup

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is in Saturday's lineup, a day after being benched for arriving late for batting practice before the team's home opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Puig is batting leadoff and playing right field.

Puig was forced to watch his team lose 8-4 Friday. He claimed he did not oversleep and asked his teammates to forgive him after the game.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the benching was not a big deal.

"He felt bad he wasn't here, and I believe that," Mattingly said. "He's a good kid. Does he have to grow up and get better? Yeah, but there's a lot of guys like that."

Last August, Puig was benched for a game at the Miami Marlins for violating a team rule and arriving to the clubhouse late. He slammed a pinch-hit homer to win the game.
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