MLB, MLBPA’s $5 million pledge to Puerto Rico hits home for Kiké Hernandez.

Kiké Hernandez

Kiké Hernandez is the only Puerto Rican native on the Dodgers’ major league roster. (Getty Images)

Kiké Hernandez learned Wednesday afternoon that the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and MLB agreed to commit $5 million over the course of the next Basic Agreement “toward the support and creation of baseball development programs in Puerto Rico.”

Hernandez is the only native of Puerto Rico on the Dodgers’ major league roster. A native of Toa Baja, his father is an area scout in Puerto Rico for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The development of baseball in his homeland is deeply personal.

The timing of Wednesday’s announcement was also noteworthy. Puerto Rico recently defaulted on about $2 billion in debt payments, prompting Congress to pass a financial aid/oversight bill known as the PROMESA Act.

Five million dollars seems like a drop in the bucket by comparison. To Hernandez, every little bit counts.
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Game 126: One run is all Rich Hill needs to win his Los Angeles Dodgers debut.

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Yasmani Grandal congratulates Justin Turner on his 24th home run of the season, the Dodgers’ only run in a 1-0 win Wednesday over the San Francisco Giants. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Justin Turner‘s 24th home run of the season made a winner of Rich Hill in his Dodgers debut, a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Before he threw a scoreless inning Wednesday, Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez turned to one of his minor league mentors for advice: Juan Castro, the team’s quality assurance coach.

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Dodgers place Rob Segedin on paternity leave, activate Rich Hill from disabled list.

Rich Hill is on the Dodgers’ active roster. Finally.

The Dodgers activated the left-hander from the 15-day disabled list, as expected, so he can make his scheduled start tonight against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Hill has seen his debut performance delayed several times because of a lingering finger blister. Now, 23 days after he was acquired from the Oakland A’s in a deadline-day trade, Hill has been cleared to take the mound in a major league game.

Hill hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 7, when he won his ninth game of the year for the Oakland A’s. He is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA this season.

To make room for Hill on the active roster, Rob Segedin was placed on the paternity list. Players can stay on the list for up to three days, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Segedin will return tomorrow. His wife, Robin, gave birth to the couple’s first child late last night in the Los Angeles area.

That means the Dodgers will have to make another corresponding roster move tomorrow. They’ve made a transaction of some kind in 16 of 24 days already this month.

Here’s more from Roberts on Segedin:

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Game 125: Dodgers score a Giant win against Madison Bumgarner.

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Andrew Toles hit a home run and a double in two plate appearances Tuesday night against the Giants. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)


The Dodgers’ offense continued to roll, this time through Madison Bumgarner, and their lead in the National League West grew to two games with a 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier are suddenly on the Dodgers’ short list of September call-ups.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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MLB releases 2016 playoff schedule.

The Dodgers will have two days off at the end of the regular season if they clinch a National League wild card berth, and four if they win the NL West, according to a preliminary playoff schedule released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

The National League wild-card game is Wednesday, October 5, two days after the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco. Both NL Division Series will begin Friday, October 7.

MLB Network and Fox Sports 1 have the television rights to the NL Division Series, while TBS has the television rights to the AL Division Series.

The best-of-seven National League Championship Series will begin Saturday, Oct. 15, one day after the AL Championship Series begins. Fox and Fox Sports 1 have the TV rights.

Game 1 of the World Series is set for Oct. 25 in the American League ballpark. It will end no earlier than Oct. 29 (Game 4). Game 7 is on Nov. 2. The entire series will be televised on Fox.

Here’s the full postseason schedule in chart form:
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