Dodgers’ all-stars are ready to shine in Minneapolis

first_imgPuig surely has no idea what to expect, but someone probably told him it’s all about fun and he needed no further scouting report.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a little advice for Puig and Gordon, who will make their first appearance at the game in Minnesota. Really, just for Gordon.“I just talked to Dee about enjoying it,” Mattingly said. “Yasiel, I don’t have to worry about him having fun.”The Dodgers have four players in this week’s All-Star Game for the first time since 2010, when Andre Ethier, Jonathan Broxton, Rafael Furcal and Hong-Chih Kuo made the event.Puig was voted in by the fans, but Gordon and Kershaw made the roster via player votes, and Greinke was chosen by National League manager Mike Matheny.The selections say a lot about those players as well as the Dodgers’ season. The Dodgers started in woeful fashion, falling behind in the NL West by 9 1/2 games, but now they’re in first place.Kershaw, Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu have combined to win 32 games, helping the Dodgers rebound from a bad start.Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA with a no-hitter this season, but it’s unclear if he’ll start the All-Star Game.“I’d love to see him start, but that’s not my decision,” Mattingly said.Kershaw said he’s fine with whatever Matheny decides.“There’s not a lot of prep. You show up, have fun, throw as hard as you can and hopefully don’t get hurt,” Kershaw said.Greinke has also won 11 games and was selected by Matheny. Gordon, who will have 10 family members in Minnesota with him, is downright giddy about the All-Star Game.“This is one of the best days of my life,” Gordon said. “I get to play in the All-Star Game with some of the biggest stars in the world. I’m definitely excited to represent the Dodgers.”Puig seems excited about anything that has him playing baseball, especially knowing there will be more folks watching.Asked if he knows who’s throwing to him in Monday’s home run derby, Puig said no. When pressed, he said through a translator: “Maybe I’ll just pick a fan off the foul line and have them throw.”It’s Puig, so you might actually buy it. You know the star on the side of his head surely isn’t the only trick up the sleeve of that new All-Star jersey. Yasiel Puig was just getting warmed up for the All-Star Game on Sunday.He nonchalantly caught a ball in right field, barely moving a muscle, to get San Diego’s Chase Headley out to end the top of the sixth inning. He hit a run-scoring single to left field that broke a scoreless tie against the Padres and held up for a 1-0 win at Dodger Stadium.Puig clapped his hands and pumped his fist all the way to first base.He made a running catch at the track in the seventh inning, too. And in the eighth, he hit a one-out double as the Dodgers headed into the All-Star break leading the National League West by one game over San Francisco. The only person to outdo Puig in the theatrics department was a nun who was shown jumping up and down on the JumboTron after Puig’s game-winner.Puig will participate in his first All-Star Game this week and kicks off the festivities by competing in today’s home run derby. Puig — ready for the event with a new mohawk do with a star shaved into the side of his head — and the All-Star event, more about show than X’s and O’s, will be a perfect match.Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Dee Gordon also will represent the Dodgers on the National League roster, and all were scheduled to fly out to Minnesota after Sunday’s game. Kershaw and Greinke already have been All-Stars.Asked if he’s more excited or nervous for his first appearance, Puig didn’t even need a translator.“Nervous?” Puig scoffed. “For what?”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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