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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Woodward offered Thursday’s game against Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray as an example.“Robbie Ray gets excited when he starts feeling pressure, and sometimes it leads to bad results there, or he starts to slide-step every pitch,” Woodward said. “It starts to take away from his stuff against our hitter. We’re not even having the intent to run. We’re just trying to create pressure.”Call it a case of “controlled aggression” – the kind the Dodgers encourage from Puig.“There’s an aggressive component, and taking chances when it makes sense to take chances, and there’s also a reckless aggressiveness,” Roberts said. “When we get into September, he’ll be attuned to being aggressively smart on the bases.”ROSTER MOVEThe Dodgers activated right-hander Josh Fields from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Yimi Garcia to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga prior to Thursday’s game.To make room for Fields on the 40-man roster, utilityman Rob Segedin was designated for assignment. Segedin had not played at Triple-A Oklahoma City since June because of an injury to his left wrist.Fields was sidelined by inflammation in his shoulder on June 28. He was 2-2 with two saves and a 2.36 ERA at the time. In five minor league rehabilitation games with Oklahoma City, Fields allowed three runs in four innings.Garcia can’t be recalled from the minors for 10 days except to replace an injured player.MAEDA PLANKenta Maeda was unavailable Thursday after throwing 27 pitches in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Rangers.Maeda has only pitched on back-to-back days once as a major leaguer, during the 2017 National League Championship Series, but the goal is for Maeda to be able to do it regularly now.“That takes time,” Roberts said. “As you’re in a pennant race, to have one of your better arms in the ’pen be able to go back-to-back, certainly is something we want to build to. I can’t say when that’s going to be. Maybe a quick outing, and potentially to follow it up with one.”ALSOJulio Urías is expected to throw one inning and/or 20 pitches out of the bullpen for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. It would be his first relief appearance in six minor league games since his return from shoulder surgery. Urías cannot join the Dodgers until Sept. 3. … Eight Dodgers minor league players will compete in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs: Keibert Ruiz, Jordan Sheffield, Errol Robinson, Cody Thomas, Jared Walker, Andre Scrubb, Nolan Long and Ben Holmes. … Left-hander Zac Rosscup threw a bullpen session Thursday and will be activated from the disabled list in the coming days.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 4-1, 2.18 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks (RHP Zack Greinke, 13-8, 2.93 ERA), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts hasn’t been afraid to criticize outfielder Yasiel Puig when the situation demands criticism.This wasn’t one of those situations.It was Puig’s decision to steal home with two outs in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s win over the Texas Rangers. Not only did the coaching staff support the decision with a full day’s hindsight, third base coach Chris Woodward said the aggressive play might reap long-term benefits despite Puig being thrown out.“Sometimes a failure here or there creates pressure later on, tenfold,” Woodward said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Woodward described Wednesday’s situation as a perfect one to apply some pressure.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Rangers pitcher Alex Claudio, a left-hander, had his back to third base. Third baseman Jurickson Profar was standing 25 to 30 feet off the line by Woodward’s estimate; he told Puig beforehand that he would yell as soon as Profar was close enough to attempt a back-pick. The yell never came, and Puig led off down the line accordingly.Once Bellinger – a left-handed hitter – got to two strikes, the probability of him driving in a run with a hit was low.“I’m not going to say Belli can’t get a hit off that guy, but even if he did great off him it’s a 40 percent” chance of not making an out,” Woodward said. “Are you going to say he has a .400 batting average right there, with an 0-2 count? Probably not.”Forcing the Rangers to execute a perfect throw and tag on the play might have been a noble goal. But how does it have any bearing on the future?