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Check out the A’s new “alternate home jerseys”

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Today the A’s unveiled their new “alternate home jerseys” and Jane Lee of MLB.com snapped a picture.

I might be in the minority as someone who likes the A’s usual white, green, and yellow ensemble, but these new ones are pretty hideous at first glance.

Of course, we won’t realize the full scope of the new jerseys’ sex appeal until Hideki Matsui steps into the batter’s box wearing them.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 7:  Rich Hill #18 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the second inning during game one of a double header baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 7, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Rich Hill will come off of the disabled list and make his Dodgers debut on Wednesday evening in a home start against the Giants at 10:10 PM EDT. The Dodgers acquired Hill along with outfielder Josh Reddick from the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, sending Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes to Oakland. Hill, however, was bothered by a severe blister on his throwing hand, which has kept him out of action since July 17.

Prior to the injury, the 36-year-old Hill compiled a 2.25 ERA with a 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings spanning 14 starts. He has continued a late-career rebirth. After battling injuries and ineffectiveness from 2008-15, which even took him to the independent Atlantic League, Hill popped back up on the map with four strong September starts for the Red Sox last season, yielding just five runs on 14 hits and five walks with 36 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Hill, if he can remain healthy, will be important rotation insurance for the Dodgers, who have been ravaged by injuries all season. Hill will become the 14th different starter and the 30th pitcher overall the club has used this season along with 22 position players. With starter Scott Kazmir landing on the disabled list recently, the Dodgers tied a major league record with 27 different players on the disabled list this season.

Despite the injuries, the Dodgers go into tonight’s game against the second-place Giants with a two game lead in the NL West.

The rest of Wednesday evening’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Washington Nationals (Tanner Roark), 7:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 7:07 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Andriese), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Dillon Gee) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Fernandez), 7:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Yu Darvish) @ Cincinnati Reds (Tim Adleman), 7:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd) @ Minnesota Twins (Tyler Duffey), 8:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Chicago White Sox (James Shields), 8:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Jacob deGrom) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 8:15 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke), 9:40 PM EDT

Video: pitcher flips batter off from the windup, strikes him out

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This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

A pitcher, from the Mexican league if the tweet with the video is accurate, goes into his windup and, just before delivering the ball, flips the batter the bird. Then he strikes the batter’s butt the heck out.

Come for the bird-flipping, stay for the batter just standing there, incredulous, as the pitcher calmly walks back to the dugout as if he does this every day:

When I retweeted this everyone said “balk!” but there’s no one on base so it’s not a problem. The only problem would’ve been if, after flipping the dude off, the guy roped a double right over the pitcher’s head. That would’ve been rather embarrassing. If you’re gonna talk — or gesture — big, you had best be able to back it up.

So, who’s gonna be the first to do this in the big leagues? I nominate Jose Fernandez, in a game against either the Cardinals or the Giants. Then I plan to sit back and read the hot, angry takes about it until the day I die.