pinch hitter

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HOUSTON - There was all manner of late-night insanity, including benches being emptied, pitchers being called on to pinch hit and nerves being worn to a frazzle.
Behind Martinez, the Dodgers had Kent, Nomar Garciaparra and pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, who either would hit for himself or be pinch hit for by another pitcher because manager Grady Little had long since exhausted his bench.
The lumbering veteran who can play first and third base but mostly just pinch hits is now batting .