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.
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:
Trayce Thompson lines a two-run single off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore during the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-5 win. Thompson had a career-high four RBIs. (Associated Press photo)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Dodgers scored 10 runs on 13 hits to break out of their offensive funk in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Three of the hits were home runs and one never landed. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman returned to the city where his career in baseball took off.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dodgers left fielder Trayce Thompson has a career-high four runs batted in today against the Tampa Bay Rays. But that’s not what you will remember about his breakout game.
Thompson did something only six people have done in the history of Tropicana Field, which opened in 1998: He hit a home run that never landed.
There are four rings of catwalks above the field at The Trop. Hit the deepest two, and you’ve got a home run. Hit the other two, and you’ve got confusion. Thompson got all of this Matt Moore fastball in the second inning:
The estimated distance? Less than expected.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Andrew Friedman doesn’t often have press conferences, not in Los Angeles, and especially not on the road. But he made an exception today when the Dodgers visited the team he helped turn from an also-ran into a World Series contender.
Friedman, an executive in the Tampa Bay Rays’ front office from 2004-13, reminisced about his time here earlier today: