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Andre Ethier still out; other outfielders step up

Andre Ethier runs bases and takes fly balls but still can't play. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig homer; Carl Crawford has three hits.

September 24, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez

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SAN FRANCISCO — While Andre Ethier remained sidelined with shin splints Tuesday, the Dodgers' three healthy outfielders were productive in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig hit a home run in the fifth inning off Matt Cain, two innings after he was hit in the back by the Giants ace. Center fielder Matt Kemp homered off Cain in the sixth. And left fielder Carl Crawford was three for five.

Kemp's home run was his first since he came off the disabled list on Sept. 16.

BOX SCORE: Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1

The two runs were enough for Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7), who allowed a run and four hits in seven innings.

As for Ethier, who last started a game on Sept. 13, he didn't know when he would be able to return to the lineup. He pinch-hit Sunday in San Diego.

In an early workout at AT&T Park, Ethier took fly balls in center field and attempted to run the bases.

"I feel close," he said. "It just hurts to round the base."

Homecoming night

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson received a mixed reaction when he took the mound in the eighth inning for his first appearance at AT&T Park since joining the Dodgers. It seemed as if about half the capacity crowd gave Wilson a standing ovation; the other half remained seated and booed.

Wilson struck out two in a perfect inning, lowering his earned-run average to 0.73 in 16 games.

Short hops

The Dodgers will host a postseason rally at Dodger Stadium on Sunday immediately after their regular-season finale against the Colorado Rockies. . . . With the Dodgers moving broadcasts to Time Warner Cable next season, Fox won't air pre- and postgame shows on the team during the playoffs. Major League Baseball has approved the club's $8.5-billion deal with TWC, pending delivery of final documentation, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. ... Chris Capuano threw what he described as a pain-free, 41-pitch bullpen session. Capuano, a candidate to make the playoff roster as a long reliever, could pitch in a game as early as Friday.

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