Rich Hill and the blister from hell

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The Dodgers just announced that Rich Hill will not start Friday due to a lingering issue with a blister on his left hand. The decision was made after he was unable to throw a bullpen session yesterday. Ross Stripling will get the start in his place.

Hill, for whom the Dodgers traded at the deadline a week ago Monday, has not pitched in a game since he was with the Athletics back on July 17. He’s had a fantastic year, but this blister is apparently the stuff of some evil curse, perhaps incurred by Hill after upsetting some sort of burial ground or, perhaps, angering a god who had assumed human form in order to meddle in the affairs of mortals.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.