Dodgers’ Rich Hill has no hard feelings toward Nationals, who released him last year

first_imgGonzalez was 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA this year. The Dodgers made the decision interesting by hitting a league-worst .213 against left-handed pitchers this year. Or did they?“Well you know, we weren’t debating that much,” Baker said. “We were just kind of messing with you guys, to tell you the truth.”Weather worriesHurricane Matthew is expected to bring rain to the Washington area Saturday, with the Weather Channel forecast predicting a 90 percent chance of rain at 4 p.m. locally – the scheduled start time for Game 2. Roberts said he met with the umpires and grounds crew on Friday and was told the rain could delay the start of the game; a mid-game stoppage was less likely. An in-game delay would be a greater potential problem if the Dodgers are concerned about Hill’s blister issues flaring up. In that case, the left-hander might have to start and stop throwing, then warm up again. Simply pitching in wet weather could pose a problem for Hill, too. “If that situation presents itself, it would be a conversation,” Roberts said of a rain delay. “This is certainly October (as opposed to a regular season game) and we’re going to respond accordingly.”Game times announcedMajor League Baseball announced the start times of Games 3, 4 and 5 between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals. In each case, it depends on the outcomes of the other division series.Monday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles begins at 1 p.m. Pacific Time if there are three or four games that day. If there are two games that day — Toronto and Cleveland would have to sweep their series — the Dodgers and Nationals would begin at 3 p.m. Game 4 begins at 2 p.m. if the Giants and Cubs also play a Game 4 on Tuesday. If that series results in a sweep, the Dodgers and Nationals would play at 5 p.m. If there is a Game 5 in Washington, it will begin at 2 p.m. next Thursday, but only if the Cubs-Giants series goes to five games. If not, Game 5 begins at 5 p.m.Quick hitsHill said the strangest suggestion he received for remedying his finger blister was to pee on it. “You might as well try it, right?” … Corey Seager, 22, became the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run in a postseason game. … The Dodgers’ Charlie Culberson, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton made the first postseason appearances of their careers.Staff Writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this report. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> The Washington Nationals are familiar with Rich Hill, who starts Game 2 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers on Saturday.Hill began last season in the Nationals’ spring training camp and spent almost two months pitching for their Triple-A affiliate. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was at home last year, but he managed Hill with the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and 2006.“He was extremely personable,” Hill said of Baker. “He was very supportive, and that was something that I’ll always remember about him being a manager.”When the Nationals released Hill last June, he was pitching in relief at Triple-A Syracuse. Friday, Hill said he had no hard feelings toward the organization at the time. By his own admission, he wasn’t the same pitcher who posted a 2.37 earned-run average in 20 starts for the Dodgers and Oakland A’s this year. “I was at home for about a month working out with the American Legion team that I grew up playing for — playing catch every day, working out,” Hill said. “It wasn’t until a couple of weeks that I was at home that I decided to start changing my arm angle and throwing over the top again. And I felt strong. I was able to repeat, repeat, and be consistent with my release point. “So I threw a few 75-pitch bullpens, and made the decision to go to Long Island and start again. And made two starts there, felt good. Body felt strong. Was able to repeat my delivery. Was able to have the ball come out of my hand the way that I wanted to for those two starts. And I knew after I had those two starts that there was something that, given the opportunity, could possibly happen. I mean, I felt that good.”Starting pitchers revealedBaker announced that right-hander Tanner Roark will start Game 2 on Saturday and left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start Game 3 on Monday against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda.Roark said he didn’t learn of his assignment until Thursday, despite his unambiguous credentials as the Nationals’ second-best healthy starting pitcher: A 16-10 record and 2.83 ERA in 34 games (33 starts).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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