Vincent Samperio-Dodgers Nation

Vincent Samperio-Dodgers Nation

With the Los Angeles Dodgers playing a pair of split-squad games over the weekend, it’s created more opportunities for those vying to make the Opening Day roster.

Among them is utility man Kiké Hernandez, who has played a several positions for the Dodgers this spring. Hernandez was part of the club’s travel roster to San Antonio for Big League Weekend and he got the start at second base in Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

The Dodgers took advantage of the hitter-friendly confines inside the Alamodome to the tune of 11 runs on 14 hits, including five home runs en route to a win. Some of the power was provided by expected names in Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig, though Hernandez also hit a solo home run.

Hernandez was back in the lineup Saturday in the Big League Weekend finale, this time getting the start at shortstop and batting leadoff. Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo got ahead in the count 0-2 before giving up a line-drive home run to Hernandez.

The home run was Hernandez’s second of the spring, raised his batting average to .219 at the time and extended his modest Spring Training hitting streak to four games.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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