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GOODYEAR , Ariz. (AP) — This much is working out for Yasiel Puig: Red is his favorite color.Cincinnati’s new outfielder appeared in his fourth spring game Thursday, hitting a two-run homer in a 10-8 loss. It was his first home run since moving from glittering Hollywood with the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Queen City in a blockbuster deal which also sent outfielder Matt Kemp, pitcher Alex Wood and infielder Kyle Farmer to the Reds in December.Puig has looked good on the field so far, and he’s also been himself off of it, feeling at home in a welcoming climate new manager David Bell has sought to provide.“I had seen him play so that was my only experience with him,” Bell said of Puig. “He’s been great to have in camp. He’s happy to be here. He brings great energy to what he does every day. He’s been a good teammate. It goes for all our players — we want them to be comfortable being themselves and he certainly is and we think it’s great.“More than anything that stands out is his energy and he is happy to be here,” Bell said. “He likes it here. He says he likes red. I think he does like red, but I think it also means he likes being here and that’s important to us.”The Reds hired Turner Ward as hitting coach this offseason Tim Beckham Jersey , a job he held with the Dodgers from 2016-18. Puig appeared to love working with Ward, often giving him kisses on the cheek last season in the dugout as a thank you after big hits.“Yasiel is very flamboyant and exciting,” Ward said. “It wouldn’t matter if he was playing in a college game. He’ll be the same. It’s not going to be the city, it’s the person. The person will bring the energy and that style.“We want them to have the freedom to do the things they do. I don’t have to act a certain way or do a certain thing. That’s where I believe David is coming from and as a staff we’re coming from. ‘Hey, be you — you is good enough.'”Kemp, who has been traded four times, was looking forward to seeing what Puig, 28 , will do with the Reds.“I’ve known him forever,” Kemp said. “It’s fun, it’s entertaining. You get a lot of laughs out of it. He keeps everybody loose and keeps everybody wondering what he’s going to do next.”On Monday, Puig put on a show during a 14-pitch plate appearance against the Mariners that ended in a walk. The showdown included a tongue wag, some hip shaking and a bat toss after finally drawing the free pass.The plan is to have Puig primarily play right field, but he’ll get some time in center field this spring as well.“We know he can do it,” Bell said. “I know he believes he can play both, which is great.”As long as he’s in red Brad Brach Jersey , Puig should be happy. It’s the color of his glove as well as his new uniform.“It’s his favorite color,” Ward said. “He is going to bring energy every day.”NOTES: RHP Sonny Gray, who has been sidelined with elbow stiffness, threw off the mound Saturday and said it was “the best day thus far.” After being acquired from the Yankees in January, he said he expects to be ready by the start of the season. “Everything’s progressing how we thought it would,” Gray said. … LHP Alex Wood is not scheduled yet for his next spring game. Bell said they wanted to give Wood time to work on things. Monte Harrison and Chad Smith keep producing, plus much more from the Marlins involved in offseason pro baseball."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins News and RumorsMiami Marlins Prospects and Draft CoverageMarlins fall/winter update, Oct. 15-21Monte Harrison and Chad Smith keep producing , plus much more from the Marlins involved in offseason pro baseball.(turned 21 last Tuesday). He’s playing winter ball to compensate for missing two months of the Greensboro Grasshoppers season with injury. Castro made his debut on Friday, pinch-running for the designated hitter.Getting a start at second base on Sunday, he had a greater impact:Both Sierra and Castro came around to score in that fifth-inning rally, fueling a Toros comeback win.MiguelDelPozo (Gigantes del Cibao) rebounded from an ugly season debut by recording two easy outs on Friday. That lowered his earned run average to 27.00.Venezuelan Winter LeagueJorganCavanerio (Tiburones de La Guaira) hasn’t yet walked a batter in his four relief appearances, totaling 3 1鈦? innings.Under-23 Baseball World CupThe tournament began this past weekend. Among Marlins farmhands, only IsanDiaz is participating. He’s the leadoff hitter for Team Puerto Rico.It’s been a struggle overall (.083/.267/.083), but Diaz got at least one solid hit.The World Cup runs through Oct. 28.

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