"I didn't want them to hit it to him," Mattingly said. "When we worked on it (in Spring Training), he was the best guy of the three in the outfield. Actually, his hands are pretty good. Put him on that side because it's the last place the ball will be hit."
Puig said he has no aspirations to replace Uribe at third base.
"I like shortstop," he said. "I can catch the ball."
He finally showed signs of hitting the ball, too, with a sharp single to center in the top of the 10th. Coming into that at-bat, he was 1-for-16 with six strikeouts.
"Yasiel looks a little frustrated," Mattingly said. "More than anything, you try too hard. You see that with guys that are frustrated, they try to do more and sometimes that's a struggle. It was good to see that hit."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.