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OXON HILL, Md. -- Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill.The left-hander who resurrected his career after a detour to independent ball got stability and a lot more Monday. The free agent re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $48 million.I think its something that has been an incredible journey to get to this point, but never did I ever think that I would pack it in, the 36-year-old Hill said at the winter meetings in suburban Washington.I never thought I was done, he said.Still, to many, he seemed stuck. At least, thats how it appeared when he threw twice for the Ducks in 2015 in what amounted to a tryout. That earned him a shot with Boston to end the season, and then he flourished this year.Hill went a combined 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and Oakland. He was 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts for Los Angeles after being acquired in a five-player deal on the Aug. 1 trade deadlineHill was 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts for the NL West champion Dodgers, tossing six scoreless innings to win Game 3 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.When you fail, you learn. I dont think you really know what failure is -- or I didnt know what failure was until I got older and understood that that was experience, he said.Health has been a big key to Hills resurgence. He has endured serious injuries throughout his career, including a torn labrum in 2009 and elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.Hill threw seven perfect innings against Miami last Sept. 10, but manager Dave Roberts removed Hill from the game because of a recurrence of blisters on his pitching hand. He also had a groin injury.I think its such an outlier from last year, the way that that blister was -- how it came about, it wasnt necessarily a typical pitchers blister that you would think of, it was more of a wound, so to speak. I think moving forward there would be no issues moving forward with that, Hill said.His presence gives the Dodgers another left-hander besides ace Clayton Kershaw in the rotation.Hill has a 38-28 career record with a 4.10 ERA in 221 games in 12 major league season with the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, As and Dodgers.Hill gets a $2 million signing bonus and salaries of $12 million next year, $16 million in 2018 and $18 million in 2019.I guess its a relief in a way, said wife Caitlin, who joined Hill at a news conference, along with Dodgers management and his agents, brothers Sam and Seth Levinson. Were not surprised. I think he always knew that he could do this.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said he didnt hesitate to give a pitcher in his mid-to-late 30s a three-year deal.Well, I think anytime in free agency there are risks that you take. Again, so much of our confidence comes from knowing him, Friedman said.Then, truly that burning desire to win, its hard for me to -- there arent 10 guys that Ive been around in my career that ranked as highly as Rich does in terms of having that truly innate, burning desire to win.Not that Hill comes across as a fiery, win-at-all-costs competitor. Dressed in a suit and tie, he quietly walked out a hotel ballroom with his wife and 5-year-old son Brice, and quickly blended in with the crowd.A fan in a Cardinals hat did ask for an autograph, and that merely piqued the interest of another passer-by.Who was that? he said, shrugging his shoulders.---AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report. 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"It was a pretty bad tear and I wasnt able to go." Asked about why he took the warmup Monday night, he said: "Obviously, it could have thrown them off a bit or whatever with line matching and everything, I think thats the way we wanted to handle it. "But I could barely hold my stick out there." Joe Colborne filled in for Bozak the last two games of the Boston series, which ended in a dramatic 5-4 overtime loss for Toronto. The good news is Bozak wont need surgery. "But it always sucks watching when youre out there with the guys all year (and) you want to help as much as you can and youve got to watch," he said. The 27-year-old Bozak is eligible to become a free agent this summer. His future is up in the air. "I havent really thoought about any of that, since playoffs," he said.dddddddddddd "I kind of just focused on hockey. "Now Im just going to take some time off. My agent will deal with that stuff. Id like to stay here. Its a place I love playing (in) so hopefully we can get something worked out." General manager Dave Nonis said "if there is a contract that makes sense for us and makes sense for Tyler, then well sign him. "But its not a situation where we have to sign Tyler Bozak because there are numbers that make sense for the team and there are numbers that make sense for Bozie. I believe, I always have believed, that if the player wants to stay with your team, you find a way to make it happen if you want to have him as well." In saying that, he also noted the salary cap number is going down next season. "And how we allocate our dollars is going to be very important if were going to remain competitive." Bozak had 12 goals and 16 assists as the Leafs top-line centre in the lockout-shortened season. A close friend of linemate Phil Kessel, he was also the teams top faceoff man. Bozak made US$1.4 million this season, 12th highest on the team. Other players headed to unrestricted free agency this summer are forwards Clarke MacArthur and Colton Orr and defencemen Ryan OByrne and Mike Kostka. ' ' '
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