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Dodgers' Puig focuses on baseball despite issues

File photo: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on first base after his single in his major league debut against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
File photo: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on first base after his single in his major league debut against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Yasiel Puig believes he has the support system from his Dodgers teammates and the club to keep his focus on baseball despite challenges off the field.

Puig returned to the starting lineup in right field for Thursday's series finale against the Giants amid news reports that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba threatened his life.

While Puig can't address the details specifically because of a pending legal case, he said he will focus on baseball and on helping the defending NL West champion Dodgers keep winning.

The 23-year-old Puig, who was scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for his team's home opener April 4, began the day batting .250 with one home run and five RBIs in his second major league season.