When he wasn’t fighting mascots in St. Petersburg, Kiké Hernandez (center) was attending to strange noises in his hotel room. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A haunted hotel occupies the postage stamp-sized downtown of this, the 79th largest-city in America. More remarkably, so does the home stadium of a Major League Baseball team.
Teams visiting St. Petersburg to play the Tampa Bay Rays have many options when choosing a hotel in the area, and they often pick the haunted one.
The Vinoy Hotel was built in 1925. It expanded in 1992 to include a picturesque tower, which is not haunted by all accounts. Depending on where you stay, then, your visit to the Vinoy might not be very eventful.
Kiké Hernandez had an eventful night Monday.
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood wasn’t expecting to be removed after allowing his third home run of the game Wednesday at Tropicana Field. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Wood allowed three home runs, staining his pitching line like spaghetti sauce and staining what he felt was an otherwise good performance in an 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Howie Kendrick showed signs of life at Tropicana Field and is encouraged that he can emerge from a season-long slump.
Major League Baseball announced a few preliminary details for the logistics of the upcoming amateur draft. The Dodgers hold three of the first 36 picks, including the 20th overall pick in the first round.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ designated hitter today, the finale of a two-game mini-series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and Dave Roberts has a couple more possible DHs lined up for the Dodgers’ three-game series in Toronto this weekend.
“The DH, also some off-days, and also the depth — we’ve used a lot of players, given them at-bats and spread them out — the bodies feel good,” Roberts said. “The DH is really nice. Kiké yesterday. JT as a DH today. (Adrian Gonzalez) will DH most likely the last day. Most likely Howie (Kendrick) will DH in Toronto.”
Here are the lineups for both teams for the 4:10 p.m. (PT) game:
Scott Van Slyke was placed on the disabled list April 9 with back stiffness. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke will resume baseball activities by the end of this week, possibly Friday, manager Dave Roberts said. Van Slyke hasn’t been able to throw or hit since he was placed on the disabled list April 9 with irritation in his lower back.
Van Slyke projects to return to the Dodgers no sooner than the early part of June, following the completion of his rehab and a few minor league games.
“That’s a best-case scenario for me,” Roberts said.
Van Slyke had one hit, a double, in nine at-bats prior to his injury.