Eduardo Rodriguez

Wednesday's Red Sox-Twins Game 1 matchups: Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Phil Hughes

June 03, 2015 - 4:20 am
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The Red Sox will open Wednesday's day-night doubleheader by sending 22-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez to the bump. He will be opposed by Phil Hughes. With a week of rain to open June, the Red Sox will look to Rodriguez to bring Boston the sunlight. The southpaw had a major league debut to remember last Thursday against the Rangers, hurling 7 2/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts and just five total baserunners. "I wasn't nervous after the first couple of pitches," Rodriguez said after the 5-1 victory. "I went out and saw the lights and saw the stadium, and said, 'This is what it's like.' " The Venezuelan earned his first career win and a spot in a struggling Red Sox rotation. With a team ERA of 4.53, the Red Sox could not afford to overlook Rodriguez's stellar appearance, so they went to a six-man rotation. However, the question is for how long? "We'€™re not thinking that we would go to a six-man rotation," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I'€™m not a fan of it, but I know there are merits to it for short periods. Our goal is to get back to a five-man rotation and a full complement on the bench." With his manager's words in mind, Rodriguez will try to prove his worth in his first career start at Fenway Park on Wednesday. Fortunately for Rodriguez and the Red Sox, his opponent, Phil Hughes has had lots of trouble at Fenway. For his career, Hughes sports a miserable 3-5 record and a 5.77 ERA on Yawkey Way. Hughes has regressed from last season when he went 16-10 with 3.52 ERA and maintained a historically low 0.7 walks per nine. He has faced adversity this year, posting a 4-4 record and a 4.59 ERA. The source of Hughes' bloated ERA is his trouble with the long ball. The right-hander has given up 12 bombs in 64 2/3 innings of work. Hughes has had only two of his 10 starts this season go without a ball finding its way over the fence. Though he earned the win last Saturday over Rick Porcello, Hughes was far from stellar. He went 6 2/3, allowing four runs on a pair of Dustin Pedroia home runs. He was efficient as usual, tossing 89 pitches, 68 of them for strikes, but Hughes put two too many pitches in the zone. "For the most part I was able to keep the heart of their order in check," Hughes said after the win. "I made some good pitches, and there's two I'd really like to have back that cost me four runs. Other than that, I thought it was pretty good." Hughes, in his second year in Minnesota after spending his first seven seasons with the Yankees, will be making his 17th career start against the Red Sox. Twins vs. Rodriguez (LHP) No Twins have faced Rodriguez. Red Sox vs. Hughes (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (40): .342/.375/.816, 5 HR, 14 RBIs David Ortiz (37): .313/.378/.594, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 3 doubles Mike Napoli (18): .333/.333/.667, 2 HR, 6 RBIs Xander Bogaerts (10): .222/.200/.222 Brock Holt (7): .571/.571/.857, 2 doubles Hanley Ramirez (7): .286/.286/.286 Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.333 Pablo Sandoval (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Blake Swihart is 1-for-2 vs. Hughes. Jeff Bianchi, Rusney Castillo, Sandy Leon and Carlos Peguero have not faced Hughes.

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