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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill was taken to the hospital as a precaution after being hit in the throat by a pitch in Friday's 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers said he checked out fine after X-rays were taken.

Hill keeled over the batter's box after Padres pitcherClayton Richard's fastball struck him in the fourth inning during a bunt attempt. Hill stayed on the ground, holding his throat, as Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts and staff came out to check on him.

Remarkably, Hill stayed in the game and pitched two more innings after the play. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out nine.

"I thought it was bad,'' Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger said. "I saw him grab his throat so I didn't know what to expect but I'm glad he is all right.''

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