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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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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action


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

Diamondbacks expect to activate A.J. Pollock by the end of the week

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 15, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the club expects to activate outfielder A.J. Pollock by the end of the week, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Pollock, 28, has been out all season with a fractured elbow suffered in an exhibition game against the Royals just before the start of the regular season. He also dealt with an oblique injury during his rehab this month. The 51-73 Diamondbacks don’t have any hope of reaching the postseason, but Pollock can still get back into the swing of things in preparation for the 2017 season.

Last season, Pollock was an All-Star, batting .315/.367/.498 with 20 home runs, 76 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 39 stolen bases in 673 plate appearances.

Video: Andrew Benintendi makes a spectacular catch to rob Steven Souza, Jr. of a homer

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 13: Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox gives a thumbs-up to the crowd before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park on August 13, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
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To facilitate Jackie Bradley, Jr. staying in the game after pinch-running, Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi moved from center field to left field in the bottom of the eighth of Monday night’s game against the Rays. It turned out to be a fortuitous decision on manager John Farrell’s part.

With a runner on first base and no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Steven Souza, Jr. hit what appeared to be a two-run home run off of David Price. Benintendi, though, covered some serious ground at Tropicana Field, chasing the ball all the way to the 315 marker on the wall down the left field line. Benintendi timed his jump and snagged the ball from beyond the fence, his momentum nearly taking him over.

It’ll be interesting to see the Statcast data on that one. By the eyeball test, it appears to be one of the best plays you’ll see all year.

The Red Sox beat the Rays 6-2.