His controversial life as a ballplayer resumed Thursday in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2-1 victory in San Francisco over the Giants, and much of what you need to know about Puig occurred in the second inning On the run, twisting and with his back to the plate, he reached up and grabbed a ball hit by Gregor Blanco. He signed a $42 million contract with the Dodgers.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu thrives pitching on the road, as he demonstrated that again Thursday in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander had one bad outing this year, and it was at Dodger Stadium. In seven scoreless innings, he scattered four hits and walked one. Ex-Giants reliever Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Kenley Jansen gave up a ninth-inning run as the Dodgers averted a sweep.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yasiel Puig believes he has the support system from his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and the club to keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.

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The swing that Pablo Sandoval hopes snaps him out of his early season slump is not the kind the San Francisco Giants have grown accustomed to seeing from the 2012 World Series MVP. Sandoval broke his bat, bruised his knuckles and grounded a single into center field to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night and into first place in the NL West. ”He’s one of those guys that you can’t really throw it bad enough (to),” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval admitted the Los Angeles Dodgers did the right thing Wednesday night when they intentionally walked Hunter Pence in order to face him late in a tie game. Of course Sandoval would feel that way. The Giants’ struggling third baseman drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the seventh inning, and five pitchers combined to hold the Dodgers to six hits, leading San Francisco to a 2-1 victory over its National League West rival. A second consecutive loss in San Francisco was doubly painful for the Dodgers, as Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game after he was hit on the back of his left hand by a pitch while leading off the seventh inning.

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SAN FRANCISCO — With three career walk-off hits in his career before he took the field Tuesday night, San Francisco Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez has been there, done that when it comes to heroics. Except there was something a bit different about No. 4, a two-out, 12th-inning single that scored Brandon Crawford and ended a 4-hour, 54-minute, 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Sanchez’s hit off the seventh Dodgers pitcher, right-hander Brandon League (0-1), came well after midnight and ended a marathon battle in the opener of a three-game series that featured 15 pitchers but precious little clutch hitting. “Winning at the last second is a lot of fun,” said Brandon Belt, the San Francisco first baseman whose ninth-inning, RBI double off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen tied the game at 2-2 and forced extra innings.

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A few older closers are still making it work, but the promise of youth is too much to ignore, in your pens, and in your lineups.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Dodgers got good news and bad news out of two bullpen sessions performed by injured pitchers Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco. While manager Don Mattingly would have preferred to have a perfect day in the pregame activities, make no mistake about it: He was far happier with the good news than he was disappointed in the bad news. Mattingly’s contentment came out of left-hander Clayton Kershaw’s all-fastball workout off the bullpen mound. The short display was so encouraging, Kershaw was immediately scheduled for an all-curveball session off a flat surface Wednesday.

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Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt’s tying double in the ninth. ”They’ve been waiting for 3 hours,” Sanchez said. ”My daughter has school tomorrow.” Hunter Pence had three hits for the Giants, who have won three of four.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list before the game Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.

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