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Briefs

LA benches tardy Puig

– Yasiel Puig was scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener on Friday.

The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field for the afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants.

Instead, Matt Kemp replaced Puig.

Protest in Cleveland

Carrying hand-painted signs that read, “We Are Not Honored,” and “Our Children Are Not Mascots,” a small group of Native Americans demonstrated against the Indians’ use of their smiling, Chief Wahoo logo before the team’s home opener at Progressive Field.

The protesters, who have been gathering on opening day outside the ballpark’s entrances for years, stayed behind barricades as Indians fans, many of them wearing the red-faced logo, filed in for Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Around the leagues

Cleveland signed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension hours before playing its home opener against Minnesota. … The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Nate Jones on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his left hip. … The Red Sox received their 2013 World Series championship rings during a ceremony that also honored victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and two Boston firefighters who died in a fire last week.

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