Mookie Betts returns to Dodgers’ lineup, homers in win over Giants

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LOS ANGELES – Mookie Betts was listed on the Dodgers’ lineup card Friday, like many days in the foreseeable future, and unlike the last four. Betts hadn’t batted since Sunday because of a swollen finger on his left hand. He returned to hit a double and a home run in a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

It was the kind of performance the Dodgers would like to expect from Betts. They traded a major league outfielder and two prospects to acquire him from the Boston Red Sox in February. They signed him to the largest contract in franchise history, $365 million over 12 years, in July. But he has only appeared in 13 games that count while wearing a Dodger uniform.

Betts appeared as a defensive replacement Tuesday and Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, his finger too tender to swing a bat.

The Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski #5 beats the tag by Dodgers catcher Will Smith #16 to score in the top of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 hits a home run in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 throws to first base for a double play as the Giants’ Donovan Solano #7 slides into second base in the top of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager can’t reach a ball hit for a single by San Francisco Giants’ Chadwick Tromp during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Giants’ Darin Ruf #33 attempts to catch a Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 two-run homer in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Giants’ Chadwick Tromp #14 beats the Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 back to first base after Muncy caught a fly ball during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 homers to center in the bottom of the third inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 points to the sky after hitting a home run in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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