Saturday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. CC Sabathia

July 16, 2016 - 4:23 am
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The Red Sox will call upon Eduardo Rodriguez to take on fellow left-hander CC Sabathia and the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez is 1-3 in six starts with an 8.59 ERA and a 1.739 WHIP. The 23-year-old was taken out of his last major league start on June 27 against the Rays after just 2 2/3 innings as he allowed a whopping nine runs, 11 hits and one walk with two strikeouts in a 13-7 Red Sox loss. After the outing, Rodriguez was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket. Rodriguez worked with pitching coach Bob Kipper to try to improve his command. On July 3, Rodriguez threw seven scoreless innings, and last Friday he pitched three innings and allowed two runs on three hits in a rain-shortened start. "There's been some adjustments made to his hand position," manager John Farrell said. "It was a seven-inning and a rain-shortened three-inning outing in which he's pitched down there. The first inning in his second start — took him an inning to get into things, but the seven innings prior was sharp, was powerful. I think he's by all reports and watching video of him looks like he's gaining some comfort with the hand position that has been widely talked about. Required needed adjustments have been made." Rodriguez is 3-1 in four career starts against the Yankees with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP. Rodriguez last faced the Yankees in September of last year, going six innings and allowing one run on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in a 5-1 Red Sox win. Sabathia is 5-6 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.336 WHIP in 15 starts this year. In Sabathia's last start last Saturday he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in a no-decision against the Indians. In 32 career starts against the Red Sox, Sabathia is 12-12 with a 4.47 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. The 35-year-old last pitched against the Sox in October of last season. In that start, he pitched five innings, giving up one run, six hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP) David Ortiz (78 plate appearances): .229 AVG./.295 OBP/.357 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, and 17 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (68): .279/.353/.328, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 6 walks, 15 strikeouts Aaron Hill (31): .107/.194/.286, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (18): .167/.444/.250, 1 double, 6 walks, 3 strikeouts Jackie Bradley Jr. is 0-for-11 with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts. Ryan Hanigan (16): .375/.375/.625, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez is 0-for-7. Mookie Betts is 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs. Brock Holt is 0-for-2 with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Travis Shaw is 1-for-3 with 1 strikeout. Sandy Leon is 1-for-2. Yankees vs. Rodriguez (LHP) Jacoby Ellsbury (13 plate appearances): .455 AVG./.500 OBP/1.091 SLG, 1 double, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Alex Rodriguez (13): .455/.462/.818, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Didi Gregorius (11): .364/.364/.364, 1 RBI Chase Headley (11): .222/.364/.222, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brett Gardner (10): .125/.125/.125, 1 strikeout Carlos Beltran is 2-for-5 with 1 double and 1 RBI. Mark Teixeira is 0-for-4 with 2 walks. Rob Refsnyder is 1-for-5. Brian McCann is 0-for-1 with 2 walks. Aaron Hicks is 0-for-2 with 1 strikeout.