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After consecutive days of split-squad games, the Los Angeles Dodgers were back in full Sunday as they hosted the Cleveland Indians. Kiké Hernandez was part of the Dodgers’ travel roster for Big League Weekend, started in both games and was in the lineup again Sunday.

For the second-straight day, Hernandez was batting leadoff for the Dodgers. The utility man has played all over the infield and seen time in the outfield this spring. Hernandez was at second base Sunday and took care of two groundouts in a scoreless first inning for David Huff.

The 23 year old then led off for the Dodgers, who were facing Corey Kluber for the second time in 15 days. Hernandez worked a full count against the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner before hitting an opposite field, leadoff home run in his second consecutive game to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.

While Hernandez’s versatility has been valuable, he didn’t record a hit until his seventh game this year. Including Sunday, he’s now had at least one hit in seven of the last 10 games he’s played in. Hernandez began the day hitting .216/.237/.432 with three RBIs and has now hit two Cactus League home runs.

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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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