NEW YORK -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the former Yankees great, was the hot topic of conversation leading into this brief Yankees-Dodgers series.
Yasiel Puig is the hot topic coming out of it.
The 22-year-old Cuban dazzled the fans in the Bronx on Wednesday, going 4-for-9 in the doubleheader. That included a home run in the seventh inning of the nightcap, as well as stunning the Yankees (and the crowd) by bunting for a single in the first.
"He’s the real deal," Yankees first baseman Lyle Overbay said. "He squared up every ball except one."
Puig, just called up on June 3, is now batting .474, with five homers and 11 RBIs. He has 27 hits in his first 15 major league games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Puig is just the fifth player in the modern era (since 1900) to have at least that many hits in his first 15 major league games. The other four? Irv Waldron (1901, with Milwaukee), Joe DiMaggio (1936, with the Yankees), Terry Pendleton (1984, with St. Louis) and Bo Hart (2003, with St. Louis).
Robinson Cano had the other in the fourth inning -- he lined a ball into center field that should have been a double, but Cano slowed down in between first and second base and was thrown out.
"He just took too wide of a turn, is what he did," manager Joe Girardi said. "And I’m not really sure why he took such a wide turn, but he did."
Cano did not speak to reporters after the game.
Almonte grounded out sharply to third base.