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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Yasiel Puig takes his show to center stage

By Mark Saxon

You really haven't left your mark on Major League Baseball until you've done it in New York.

Big Apple, meet Yasiel Puig.

Yasiel Puig, Tim Wallach
Yasiel Puig performed well in his first appearance on the New York stage, including this home run in Wednesday's nightcap.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' budding superstar gave the East Coast a taste of his prodigious talents during Wednesday evening's 6-0 Dodgers win over the New York Yankees in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. Puig, who conducted a news conference before Tuesday's rainout because there were so many requests for interviews, went 2-for-4, including another impressive opposite-field home run.

He scored three of the Dodgers' runs and, through his first 15 major-league games, is batting .474 with five home runs.

Yankees reliever Adam Warren hung a slider on the outer half of the strike zone with his first pitch of the seventh inning, and Puig pummeled it high and 10 rows deep into the right-field bleachers. Puig appears to have backed off the plate after pitchers in previous games had pounded him inside and limited his damage to singles.

A half-dozen years ago, Hanley Ramirez was making the kind of impact on the National League that Puig is making now. The shortstop's talent is beginning to force its way through again after a couple of down years. Ramirez had seven hits in the two games of the doubleheader.

Chris Capuano, like Ramirez, has spent much of this season on the DL.

Until Wednesday, the Dodgers hadn't played at Yankee Stadium since the 1981 World Series, but the veteran left-hander was making his second career start there. This one went a lot better than his first time there. Capuano gave the Dodgers six scoreless innings, holding the Yankees to three hits, in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list for a strained lat muscle.

The win will make for a happier traveling party. The Dodgers were scheduled to fly overnight from New York and reach their San Diego hotel by around 5 a.m. They have a 7 p.m. game at Petco Park on Thursday.