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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch thrown by Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig strikes out in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Dodgers' Andre Ethier gets a hug from Yasiel Puig (66) next to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) after his two-run home run.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire escorts right fielder Yasiel Puig away from the brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig singles against the Braves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig is congratulated by teammates after hitting a game-tying home run.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig hits a game-tying home run.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Former Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda watches Yasiel Puig bat against the Braves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig, left, Clayton Kershaw, center, and Nick Punto rush home plate after pinch runner Skip Schumaker scored on a wild pitch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig gives away his batting glove to a fan before the game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig makes a catch during batting practice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig walks by an Andre Ethier interview before the game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig gives away a baseball to fans before the game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Yasiel Puig walks to the outfield after grounding out in the 3rd inning against the Braves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Times photographer Wally Skalij photographed Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig against the Braves at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 2-1 after Puig tied the score with a home run in the sixth inning.

The 22-year-old Cuban defector hit .464 with four home runs and 10 runs batted in during his first week with the team, earning him National League player of the week honors.

Skalij noticed that Puig was very friendly with fans, spending lots of time signing autographs. His generosity might be paying off: The team says it has sold more Puig-related merchandise over a four-day period than any other player in Dodger history – more than Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo. And the Dodgers have filmed a television commercial that features Puig and Adrian Gonzalez.

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