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Eduardo Nunez liner ruins Jake Odorizzi's foot

Rob Bradford
August 09, 2017 - 9:01 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Eduardo Nunez is doing damage all over the place.

Not only did the Red Sox infielder raise his batting average with his new team to .438 after notching hits in two of his first three at-bats Wednesday night, but he single-handedly took out the Rays' starting pitcher in the process.

Nunez hit a line-drive back at Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi to lead off the fifth inning. The ball struck the righty in right foot, leaving Odorizzi motionless for almost a minute.

Odorizzi would ultimately be helped off the field, unable to put any pressure on his injured ankle. He was replaced by reliever Dan Jennings, who ultimately allowed the Red Sox to break open what had been a one-run game with five fifth-inning runs. The Rays later classified the pitcher's injury as a right foot contusion.