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Yasiel Puig facing fine after giving the finger to fans

AP, CLEVELAND, Ohio

Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians in the second inning of their American League game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday.

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig on Tuesday made an obscene gesture at Cleveland Indians fans after hitting a home run in their American League game.

After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field.

Puig was booed for the remainder of the game.

Puig said he was heckled in the on-deck circle, which is directly in front of the choice seats.

“People were talking to me before the home run and they talked to me after the home run,” Puig said through a translator. “I stooped to their level. It happened suddenly. It came out. There’s nothing I can do about it. There were about four of them. They were pretty close there.”

Puig realizes he could face a fine from Major League Baseball for his actions.

“If I get fined, I can’t not pay it. I know I did it,” he said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he did not see the gesture and asked jokingly: “Are you sure it wasn’t No. 1 he was signaling?”

Puig went two for four with a strikeout in Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory over the Indians.

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