LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Reds, which normally wouldn't be news but this is his seventh consecutive start after sitting once a series of late.
Puig homered on Saturday, his second on the homestand, during which he is 6-for-22 (.273) with a triple and six RBI.
In his last 11 games, Puig is hitting .250/.308/.556 with three home runs and nine RBI, after making changes in his batting stance, attempting to shorten his swing.
"To me mechanically he looks a lot better. Just watching his BP yesterday, keeping an eye on him, seeing the subtle changes of him being a little more open with his foot, getting more square with his legs," manager Don Mattingly said. "He seems a lot more balanced."
Puig sat out of the starting lineup once for the last five three-game series before this week.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had a baby boy on Sunday morning, Kaden Isaish Jansen, born at 9:58 a.m. He is expected to be available if needed to pitch on Sunday.
"This was planned," Mattingly said. "As of right now, if there are no complications he's going to be in Oakland for those games. I don't think he had any plans of missing a game."
Jansen has converted 16 straight save opportunities, and has 23 saves in 24 opportunities this season.