MV-Puig! MV-Puig! Puig Stays Hot!

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Yasiel Puig mania at Chavez Ravine is in full effect these days and he ended his phenomenal first month in the major leagues with his first four-hit game. Puig finished June with 44 hits for the second-most in a player's first month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig went 4-for-5 with a triple and two stolen bases Sunday against the Phillies. Puig continues to stay hot as he now owns a .436 batting average. When Carl Crawford returns from the disabled list there is no way Puig will be the one sitting down. Look for Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to share playing time in center field and the one that is swinging the hotter bat will get the playing time. Puig's hot streak is incredible and talk of MVP-MVP could soon be echoing throughout Los Angeles.    

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the Dodgers 6-1 victory on Sunday. Ramirez is now batting .375  with 5 home runs, 3 stolen bases, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored in 22 games since returning from the disabled list.
  • Michael Cuddyer went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the Giants on Sunday. Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 27 games.
  • Chris Davis belted his 31st home run of the season on Sunday night against the Yankees. He is on an incredible pace this year if he can remain healthy, 60+ home runs is possible for him.
  • Mike Trout missed his first game of the season on Sunday due to a minor hamstring issue. The Angels don't play today so the hope is that with a couple days off, Trout can return on Tuesday when the Angels open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It does not appear this is an injury that will force Trout to miss more than a few days.
  • Peter Bourjos (wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right wrist. When healthy, Bourjos has been really productive for the Angels. J.B. Shuck will get regular playing time.
  • Bryce Harper (knee) will be activated from the disabled list today.Harper will provide the lackluster Nats lineup with a spark.
  • Manny Machado hit his sixth home run of the season and a double in Sunday's O's victory over the Yankees. Machado has hit 38 doubles this year.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) will take part in pregame drills Monday but will remain on the DL for at least a few more days. Gyorko had a setback last week when he tried to stretch a single into a double in a rehab game. Gyorko could be activated later in the week.
  • Chris Tillman improved to 10-2 after he allowed two runs on five hits over six innings in Sunday night's win against the Yankees. Tillman collected six wins in June he has 11 quality starts this year. He will face the Yankees again in his next start.