What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

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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

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.