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Entering this year's All-Star weekend, one of the most talked about players on either side was Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig.
Fans and analysts alike campaigned for him to be included on the NL squad last year, but he wound up left off the roster, due in large part to the fact that he was just 38 games into his big league career.
This year would be a different story, as Puig was chosen to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday, before taking his place among the starters in the NL outfield on Tuesday after being voted in by the fans.
Could he wind up stealing the show in Minnesota? Not so much.
An anxious Puig went homerless to be eliminated in the first round of the Home Run Derby.
He then followed that up with an 0-for-3 showing in the main event on Tuesday, striking out in each of his three at-bats.
Granted he fanned against three of the best in the business in Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer, but it was a disappointing All-Star debut nonetheless.
Looking ahead to the second half, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the weekend could have on Puig.
He was already struggling heading into the break, hitting .264/.333/.399 with just one home run since the start of June, after a red-hot start to the year. The race for the NL West figures to be a tight one between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, so they will need their young star firing on all cylinders.