Yasiel Puig takes notice of playoff intensity

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Yasiel Puig is finding out for the first time just how exacting the playoffs can be.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig says he has noticed a big difference in focus for the playoffs.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig says he has noticed a big difference in focus for the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie was 6 for 13 with two RBIs and four runs scored going into Game 4 of the National League division series Monday night against Atlanta.

“There is a lot more focus and more intensity on every little detail,” Puig said. “I noticed that each pitcher is focusing more on each pitch that he throws. Everyone’s trying to give their all in every single play.”

The 22-year-old Cuban outfielder was hitting .462 in the postseason following his breakout performance after getting called up from the minors in early June. Puig credited his teammates for helping him mature over the last few months.

“I give a lot of thanks to them for helping me concentrate and focus on the details I need to focus on to make sure I’m always giving it my best,” he said.

RAYS: Senior adviser Don Zimmer is amazed that the low-budget Rays are in the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

“It’s some organization, I’ll tell you that,” said Zimmer, who is completing his 65th year in baseball and is part of his 19th postseason team.

Zimmer joined the Rays in 2004 after a successful run from 1996-2003 as the bench coach for New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, a stretch that included four World Series titles.

“I’ve been here 10 years and I never saw this coming,” Zimmer said.

• A contrite David Price apologized for statements he posted last weekend on Twitter.

The Tampa Bay Rays’ ace criticized two TV analysts several hours after being beaten by Boston on Saturday in Game 2 of the AL division series.

“Dirk Hayhurst ... COULDN’T hack it ... Tom Verducci wasn’t even a waterboy in high school ... but yet they can still bash a player ... SAVE IT NERDS,” read Price’s tweet.

Price apologized Sunday and further addressed the matter on Monday before Game 3.

“It’s not the way anybody should handle themselves at any time,” Price said.


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