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Puig: I 'stooped to their level' with gesture

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CLEVELAND -- Yasiel Puig broke out of his 3-for-19 slump in a big way Tuesday with a two-run homer to open the scoring in the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Indians. Puig's good news, however, had an unfortunate twist once he completed the home run trot.

After barreling a 395-foot homer to right-center off Indians starter Trevor Bauer, Puig made an obscene gesture with both hands toward a group of fans behind home plate while the slugger was on his way back to the dugout.

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CLEVELAND -- Yasiel Puig broke out of his 3-for-19 slump in a big way Tuesday with a two-run homer to open the scoring in the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Indians. Puig's good news, however, had an unfortunate twist once he completed the home run trot.

After barreling a 395-foot homer to right-center off Indians starter Trevor Bauer, Puig made an obscene gesture with both hands toward a group of fans behind home plate while the slugger was on his way back to the dugout.

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Puig said about four fans were talking to him throughout his at-bat and continued talking after he hit the homer.

"I reacted that way and stooped to their level," Puig said through a translator. "It happened suddenly. It's something that came out. There's really nothing I can do at this point."

When asked if he expected any monetary punishment from the league, Puig replied: "If they fine me, what's going to happen?"

The homer was Puig's 10th of the season -- all of which have come against right-handers -- and just his second on the road. He has hit double-digit homers in all five of his Major League seasons.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was unaware of Puig's gesture after the home run.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland and covered the Dodgers on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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