Dodgers Dirty Dozen

Mets catcher Josh Thole examines a Dodger bat, which is curiously free of ball marks.

The Dodgers will look to score runs anyway they can on Saturday afternoon against the Mets, hoping to snap their six-game losing streak. The Dodgers have been shutout in four of their last five games, but have also scored just 17 runs in their last 12 games, the lowest scoring 12-game stretch since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

Fewest Runs Scored In 12-Game Span, LA Dodgers
Dates Runs Scored Record
June 17-29, 2012 17 2-10
May 10-20, 1968 18 4-8
July 1-15, 1968 19 1-11
July 25 - August 6, 1984 19 5-7
July 26 - August 7, 1984 19 5-7

That's right. This current run of offensive futility is even worse than The Year of the Pitcher.

But lack of runs is not news to Nathan Eovaldi, who has had five runs of support in his six starts this season. Eovaldi, 0-4 with a 4.04 ERA, looks for his first win of the season on Saturday, facing Johan Santana of the Mets.

Puig Deal Finalized

The Dodgers on Friday finalized their seven-year, $42 million contract with 21-year old Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig, who will report to Camelback Ranch in Arizona once he enters the United States. Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White called Puig a five-tool player and compared him to Sammy Sosa.

"This represents for us the first piece of many. We're going to continue to look forward, continue to look to sign players after July 2," said general manager Ned Colletti. "It's a long-term play for us, to continue to build the farm system from every place we can."

Puig is 6'3" and 230 pounds, and hasn't played competitive baseball in over a year. He defected to Mexico City, where the Dodgers were very impressed by his workouts, despite not having picked up a bat in five months.

"We certainly scouted him when he was younger, all of the avenues that we could see him. We had a lot of information and was prepared," White said. "My staff has done a great job in always being prepared, and now that we have an ownership group that wants to go after it we were more than ready."

White said Puig will spend some time in Arizona to get into playing shape, then his next location will depend on how he plays. "Once he gets into playing shape, he'll tell us where he goes from there," said White.

Per Ronald Blum and Greg Beacham of the Associated Press, Puig will get a $12 million signing bonus payable half within 30 days and half next January 15. Puig will be paid $2 million in each of his first three years, followed by salaries of $4.5 million, $5.5 million, $6.5 million, and $7.5 million.

"It's a great feeling to be able to compete at the highest levels for the best players," Colletti said.

Game Time: 4:15 p.m.

TV: Fox

MLB Gameday

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