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Dodgers bench late-arriving Puig

Against Chief Wahoo: Jerald Beckman protests the Indians’ use of Chief Wahoo, a red-faced Native American, as their logo. Native Americans and supporters annually protest during Cleveland’s home opener.

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Against Chief Wahoo: Jerald Beckman protests the Indians’ use of Chief Wahoo, a red-faced Native American, as their logo. Native Americans and supporters annually protest during Cleveland’s home opener.

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers benched RF Yasiel Puig after he arrived late for the home opener Friday.

"He truly felt bad," manager Don Mattingly said. "You can tell by his body language. He doesn't hide things well. He's a good kid. Does he have to grow up and get better? Yeah, but there's a lot of guys like that."

Matt Kemp replaced Puig. Kemp came off the DL earlier Friday and, Mattingly said, was upset when initially told he wasn't in the lineup.

It was the latest in a series of frustrations involving Puig, the 23-year-old Cuban defector. He made two baserunning mistakes during the opening two-game trip to Australia. Last year, he twice was arrested for reckless driving and committed defensive miscues during the NLCS.

After the game, Puig said via an interpreter he had apologized to his teammates and Mattingly.

"I'm sincerely sorry. It was my fault," he said. "I'll be here early (today)."

Nats lose inside-the-park homer

WASHINGTON — An inside-the-park homer by Nationals SS Ian Desmond was changed to a ground-rule double after a replay review during a 2-1 loss to the Braves.

With the bases empty in the fifth, Desmond lined a shot down the third-base line. The ball wound up tucked under wall padding, and LF Justin Upton raised his arms. The umpires did not halt play, and Upton eventually threw the ball in. The change came after a delay of about five minutes. Desmond then was caught stealing. "I made the play a little more confusing than it should have been," Upton said.

Washington manager Matt Williams said he wasn't happy: "When he had to, he reached down and threw it in."

Kipnis extended: Indians 2B Jason Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million extension. It runs through 2019 and includes a club option for 2020. Last year, Kipnis, 27, hit .284 with 17 home runs, 84 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.

Cubs: 3B Mike Olt sat with a sore right shoulder that has hampered him since spring training and is day to day.

Diamondbacks: 3B Martin Prado left in the sixth with a left hand injury sustained when he was tagged on a steal. His status is unknown.

Mets: Manager Terry Collins said Lucas Duda, not Ike Davis, will be the regular first baseman.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy sat because of light spasms in his lower back and is day to day.

Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira left in the second inning after straining his right hamstring while trying to field a grounder. His status is unknown.

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