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Mike Petriello

Hill brings elite performance into delayed Dodgers debut

Veteran lefty's 2.06 ERA since 2015 return is second only to Kershaw

Hill brings elite performance into delayed Dodgers debut

If all goes according to plan, Rich Hill is expected to finally make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday against the Giants, and Los Angeles fans might be excused for wondering just what the hype is all about. After all, the 36-year-old Hill is yet another injury-prone pitcher on a roster full of them, and what is apparently the worst blister in baseball history has prevented him from appearing for the Dodgers despite the fact that it's been nearly a month since the team surrendered three well-regarded pitching prospects in Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas in order to acquire Hill and Josh Reddick.  

Considering Hill's well-documented injury history, and that last August his career was in such a state that he was merely signing a Minor League deal with Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate after pitching for the independent league Long Island Ducks, what is it about him that makes him worth all this trouble? Let's try to answer that question.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers pull away from Giants to pad West lead

Dodgers pull away from Giants to pad West lead

LOS ANGELES -- Recent trends in the National League West continued Tuesday night, as the streaking Dodgers beat the slumping Giants in the opener of their showdown three-game series at Dodger Stadium, 9-5, extending L.A.'s division lead to two games.

Rookies Andrew Toles (three RBIs) and Rob Segedin homered for the second consecutive game, while Adrian Gonzalez also drove in three runs -- two on a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the fifth inning off losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner (12-8), who allowed a season-high five earned runs in five innings.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Seager extends streak with multihit game vs. MadBum

Seager extends streak with multihit game vs. MadBum

LOS ANGELES -- How would you build a player every team in baseball would kill to have? Let's start by making him a shortstop, and one that's pretty good with the glove at that.

Give him an on-base percentage exceeding that of Daniel Murphy, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey over the last calendar year. Do the same with slugging percentage, but with Josh Donaldson, Anthony Rizzo and Mark Trumbo.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Dodgers show fight in overcoming injuries

LA erases deficit in divison while waiting on Kershaw's return

Dodgers show fight in overcoming injuries

LOS ANGELES -- In the final days of June, fresh off being swept in a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and falling eight games behind the Giants in the National League West, the Dodgers learned that Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best starting pitcher in the game (or at least tied for that distinction), was suffering from a herniated disk in his back, and he was placed on the disabled list.

Flash forward two months.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Utley day to day with sore foot

Utley day to day with sore foot

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley has been dealing with a sore foot for the last month and is day to day after leaving Tuesday night's 9-5 win over the Giants in the eighth inning.

"Chase, he's been maintaining his foot, so he's taking care of it," manager Dave Roberts said. "That's why we had to get him out of the game. Couldn't stay on his feet any longer."

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill makes Dodgers debut as Giants call on Cueto

Hill makes Dodgers debut as Giants call on Cueto

Three weeks and multiple delays after his acquisition at the Trade Deadline, Rich Hill will finally make his Dodgers debut and start Wednesday's night's matchup against Johnny Cueto and the Giants in a National League West showdown at Dodger Stadium.

Hill was acquired along with Josh Reddick from the Athletics on Aug. 1 in exchange for three prospects despite being on the DL with a finger blister. The Dodgers thought Hill's return would come sooner, but a second blister forced the left-hander's debut to be pushed back. He had a 2.25 ERA, a 1.092 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings in the first half, so a full-strength return could give the Dodgers some much-needed production in the rotation down the stretch.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson, Kazmir injuries add to Dodgers' woes

Anderson, Kazmir injuries add to Dodgers' woes

LOS ANGELES -- With starting pitchers Brett Anderson (blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck inflammation) on the disabled list, the Dodgers will continue to pencil in their most used name this season: TBD.

Rich Hill (blisters) remains scheduled to finally make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday after being delayed several times since his acquisition at the Trade Deadline. From there, the Dodgers have three rotation slots to fill until their stalwart of 2016, Kenta Maeda, takes the mound on Sunday.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Culberson, Avilan, Stripling are LA's latest reinforcements

Culberson, Avilan, Stripling are LA's latest reinforcements

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made another flurry of roster moves prior to Tuesday night's showdown series opener against the Giants, including placing starting pitchers Brett Anderson (finger blister) and Scott Kazmir (neck injury) on the 15-day disabled list and optioning reliever Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Infielder Charlie Culberson, reliever Luis Avilan and swing man Ross Stripling were recalled from Triple-A.

Culberson was inserted into Tuesday night's starting lineup at second base against lefty Madison Bumgarner. The right-handed-hitting Culberson is 4-for-14 against the San Francisco ace.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw reports no issues after throwing Tuesday

Kershaw reports no issues after throwing Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw had no problems to report after throwing off a mound on Tuesday for the second time since his setback, but the Dodgers' ace also had no confirmation that he's headed toward a 100 percent recovery from a herniated disk this season.

Kershaw threw 41 pitches in the Dodger Stadium bullpen, using breaking balls and simulating sequences he would use against hitters. He will now spend the next two days playing catch, then increase his workload to approximately 60 pitches. The plan from there has yet to be determined.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jackie Robinson Highway unveiled in Pasadena

Jackie Robinson Highway unveiled in Pasadena

LOS ANGELES -- A stretch of Interstate 210 was officially named after Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson on Tuesday.

ACR 197, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), created the Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway, stretching 4.2 miles between Gould Ave. and Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena, where Robinson was raised.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seventh wonder: Dodgers trounce Reds

Seventh wonder: Dodgers trounce Reds

CINCINNATI -- If the Dodgers' bats came alive in Sunday's win, they were downright perky on Monday. With seven home runs, including four slugged during the top of the fifth inning, Los Angeles took a wild 18-9 victory over the Reds to gain a split of their four-game series.

Adrian Gonzalez did the most damage with three homers and a career-high eight RBIs, including a three-run shot in the first inning, a solo homer in the six-run fifth and another three-run homer in the seventh. The win helped inch the Dodgers' lead in the National League West standings to one game over the idle Giants ahead of the rivals' three-game series that opens on Tuesday.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Monday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager hits 22nd homer, ties franchise mark

Seager hits 22nd homer, ties franchise mark

CINCINNATI -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has seen a lot of rookies in his 13-year career. When he saw shortstop Corey Seager, Gonzalez knew the Dodgers had something special.

"I always said that I thought he was type of talent, type of guy that will be in the Hall of Fame discussion 20 years from now," Gonzalez said after the Dodgers' 18-9 trouncing of the Reds on Monday.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Toles, Segedin mash first big league homers

Toles, Segedin mash first big league homers

CINCINNATI -- The last time the Dodgers had four homers in the same inning, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and manager Dave Roberts were wearing different uniforms.

During Monday's 18-9 thrashing of the Reds, the Dodgers bashed four homers in a span of six batters in the fifth inning. The last time Los Angeles hit four homers in an inning was on Sept. 18, 2006, when it crushed back-to-back-to-back-to-back long balls in an 11-10 walk-off victory against the Padres.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De Leon among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter; Giants' No. 22 stays hot with multi-homer game

De Leon among top prospect performers Monday

Since beginning his season in early May, Jose De Leon has been making a strong case for a late-season promotion to the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect took another step towards achieving that goal on Monday, when he struck out 10 hitters over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of New Orleans. He carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle. It was the only hit the right-hander allowed in the contest. De Leon also induced eight ground-ball outs while throwing 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Norris, competition is par for the course

When off mound, Dodgers right-hander loves to play golf

For Norris, competition is par for the course

LOS ANGELES -- For as far back as he can remember, Dodgers pitcher Bud Norris had a baseball and bat in his hands. Or golf clubs.

"My dad was a collegiate golfer at Cal Berkeley," said Norris. "He passed the game on to me. I must have been 3 or 4 or 5 when I started, around the same time as baseball."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers cool down Reds behind dealing Urias

Dodgers cool down Reds behind dealing Urias

CINCINNATI -- Chase Utley and Julio Urias established the point early that Sunday would be a better day for the Dodgers. Utley gave his team its first lead of the series when he led off the game with a home run and played a part in two other runs in a 4-0 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. That snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Angeles while also ending Cincinnati's five-game winning streak.

The victory, combined with the Giants' 2-0 loss Sunday night against the Mets, lifted the Dodgers back into first place, a half-game ahead of their National League West rivals, who come to Los Angeles for a three-game series starting Tuesday.   

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Urias plays stopper with dominant outing

Urias plays stopper with dominant outing

CINCINNATI -- Early on, it seemed like Sunday might produce another short outing for Dodgers rookie Julio Urias.

Urias took Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton to a full count before striking him out and then gave up a single to Jose Peraza. But with his patented quick move, Urias wiped Peraza off the bases with his fifth pickoff of the season before working around another single to escape the inning unscathed. After that, Urias went on to retire the next nine batters he faced, ultimately throwing six shutout innings in a 4-0 win at Great American Ball Park in arguably the best start of the 20-year-old's short career.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Dodgers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers recall outfielder Toles, option Taylor

Dodgers recall outfielder Toles, option Taylor

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers recalled outfielder Andrew Toles on Sunday, optioning infielder Chris Taylor to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Toles, the Dodgers' No. 28 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, has done nothing but hit in 2016. Among three Minor League levels, Toles has a .331/.374/.511 slash line with seven homers, 39 extra-base hits and 55 runs scored in 82 games. He's also stolen 23 bases.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers' offense silenced by Reds

Dodgers' offense silenced by Reds

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Reds' offense pounded out 18 hits, including home runs by Adam Duvall, Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler, as they won a season-high fifth straight, 11-1, over the Dodgers Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 19 minutes in the middle of the seventh inning.

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati. He covered the Reds on Saturday.

Cody Pace is a reporter for for MLB.com. He covered the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Anderson's start cut short by blister on finger

Left-hander allows six runs over three-plus innings vs. Reds

Anderson's start cut short by blister on finger

CINCINNATI -- For the second straight start, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson left early with an injury. After only three-plus innings in Saturday's 11-1 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, Anderson was lifted with a blister on his left index finger.

Anderson allowed five runs in the first two innings and then he began the fourth with a four-pitch walk to opposing pitcher Brandon Finnegan before throwing a 2-1 pitch to Billy Hamilton to the backstop. After that, head athletic trainer Neil Rampe and manager Dave Roberts came out to look at Anderson, and pulled him from the game.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers drop opener to Reds, fall out of 1st

Dodgers drop opener to Reds, fall out of 1st

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers spent about three months trying to climb up from second place to first and finally did it on Tuesday. But their narrow lead at the top of the heap disappeared after a 9-2 loss to the Reds on Friday gave them back-to-back defeats.

Joey Votto provided the Reds with four RBIs, including a three-run home run three batters into the game against Dodgers starter Bud Norris. Votto also walked with the bases loaded in the fourth, a few batters after pitcher Tim Adleman hit a two-run double. Reds pitchers provided five RBIs as hitters to help their own cause.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05.

Cody Pace is a reporter for for MLB.com. He covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Mound issue contributes to Norris' uncomfortable outing

Right-hander allows six runs over 3 2/3 innings in loss to Reds

Mound issue contributes to Norris' uncomfortable outing

CINCINNATI -- For Dodgers starter Bud Norris, Friday's problems started before a batter even stepped into the box to face him.

After his second warmup pitch, Norris seemed uncomfortable on the mound, and signaled to have the grounds crew come out.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Lopes shares insight on art of stealing bases

Lopes shares insight on art of stealing bases

Nationals first-base coach Davey Lopes not only had instincts that allowed him to be one of the game's most successful basestealers as a player, he has also become one of the game's most respected teachers of the art of stealing bases.

A member of six postseason teams in his career, including the 1981 World Series champion Dodgers, Lopes was a four-time All-Star who finished in the top 10 in stolen bases 10 times, including leading the National League in 1975 and '76.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HRs not enough for Dodgers in finale

HRs not enough for Dodgers in finale

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second time in eight days, the Dodgers took a lead into the seventh inning, primed to complete a sweep of the Phillies, but left without one -- victims of the long ball.

This time, Maikel Franco had the clutch hit, following in Freddy Galvis' footsteps from last Wednesday in Los Angeles. Franco followed a Galvis single Thursday by rocketing a fastball over the wall in straightaway center to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Dodgers on Thursday.

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Roberts shows faith in Dayton in tough-luck loss

Lefty allows another go-ahead HR to Phils, but manager trusts rookie in high-pressure situations

Roberts shows faith in Dayton in tough-luck loss

PHILADELPHIA -- It will go down as Grant Dayton's first Major League loss, but doesn't feel like it to him.

Manager Dave Roberts left Dayton in the game to start the seventh Thursday after he struck out Odubel Herrera to end the sixth. It set up a rematch of last Wednesday's fateful showdown between Dayton and Freddy Galvis. In their first matchup, Galvis hit a seventh-inning, three-run homer to give the Phillies the lead. It only acted as foreshadowing for Thursday.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Dodgers in good shape despite pitching woes

Dodgers in good shape despite pitching woes

PHILADELPHIA -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sat behind the desk in his office at Citizens Bank Park long before Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Phillies and pored over some papers.

Roberts was already shuffling around off-days in Los Angeles' tentative 2017 schedule. Plus, there were some perspective blue lineup cards for this weekend's series in Cincinnati with names written in ink.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Gon's HRs help Dodgers extend their lead

A-Gon's HRs help Dodgers extend their lead

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley had no home runs, grand slams or curtain calls on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

But the Dodgers still rolled to a 7-2 win over the Phillies -- extending their lead in the National League West to 1 1/2 games over the Giants. Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to right field in the fourth inning and a two-run blast to right in the seventh to lead the way. Justin Turner added a two-run homer to left-center in the fifth.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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De Leon among top prospect performers Wednesday

Twins' No. 4 fires six scoreless; Nationals' top prospect fans 10 in strong outing

De Leon among top prospect performers Wednesday

Everything is going right when Stephen Gonsalves takes the ball these days.

The Twins' No. 4 prospect extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings with six near-perfect frames for Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.