Puig's extra-base hit streak sets club record
Dodgers right fielder belts two-run homer in third inning to extend mark
PHOENIX -- Yasiel Puig has streaked into the Dodgers' record books.
Puig extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a two-run home run in the third inning Saturday night. The hit also set a franchise record with at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in each of the past eight games and tied the club record with at least one RBI in eight consecutive games.
"I've been working really hard so things can turn out the way I have prepared them," Puig said. "I give thanks to God and I give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaches for how things have turned out. I'm working really hard, and I feel really comfortable at the plate."
Overall, Puig ranks among the league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and batting average with runners in scoring position. On Friday night, the right fielder went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double.
"I'm trying to get hits and put a swing at good pitches," Puig said. "I wasn't worried hitting for the cycle [Friday] or anything like that."
Ryu on track for return from DL next week
PHOENIX -- Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu continues to make progress and remains on track to come off the disabled list next week.
Ryu threw a simulated game Friday and was scheduled to play catch on Saturday. He has showed no signs of the left shoulder-blade soreness that put him on the disabled list after an April 27 start.
Officially, the club still considers him day to day.
"We'll wait to see how it goes [Saturday]," Mattingly said. "By the end of the day, I'll know more. We feel pretty good about where he is at. We just want this throwing to go good."
One option is sliding Ryu into Paul Maholm's spot in the rotation against the Mets in New York next Wednesday. He could also be sent out for a Minor League rehab start.
Mattingly, McGwire praise rivals' La Russa move
PHOENIX -- A familiar face entered the fray in the National League West on Saturday when the D-backs named Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa the team's chief baseball officer.
The four-time Manager of the Year will oversee all baseball operations for Arizona.
"Tony is a good man, a good baseball guy. If you are Arizona, you would be excited that Tony La Russa is part of the baseball operations," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You saw what he did with the White Sox, what he did in Oakland, what he did in St. Louis. I don't know if he is going to end up on the field. It doesn't sound like that. I think you know the way Tony goes about his business and his knowledge of the game and the way he thinks it is supposed to be played, things like that, you feel like it's going to be a good sign."
La Russa managed Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire in Oakland and St. Louis. He also hired McGwire as the hitting coach in St. Louis before the 2010 season.
"I just know how good he was as a manager. Obviously it's like anything else, you've got to give it time," McGwire said. "I'm really happy for him. It will be the first time I'm competing against him. They've got a good one."