Declaration of independents: Hill rises, makes Series start

LOS ANGELES (AP) Out of the majors, Rich Hill never believed he was out of chances.

It only looked that way.

Unwanted by a single big league organization, and already in his mid-30s, Hill found himself pitching for the Long Island Ducks in the summer of 2015.

Yep, the same guy who will be starting Game 2 of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

”A couple years ago, I was using a bucket in independent ball as a toilet,” he recalled last weekend.

Script writers seeking a follow-up to ”Bull Durham,” ”Field of Dreams” and ”The Natural” need look no farther than Dodger Stadium, just 7 miles down the 101 from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

King of the Hill, he is.

”I never thought I was done,” he said last December after getting a $48 million, three-year deal from the Dodgers.

Far from it.

The 37-year-old lefty rapidly regained his grip, and will cap his rise when he takes on Houston Astros, who start Justin Verlander, the MVP of the AL Championship Series. The Dodgers lead the Series 1-0.

After a decade in the major leagues, Hill began 2015 with the Washington Nationals’ Triple-A team at Syracuse, New York, and was released in June. He signed with the Ducks, struck out seven

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