Eduardo Rodríguez to start Game 3 for Red Sox at SCLA


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Eduardo Rodríguez to start Game 3 for Red Sox at SCLA

BOSTON – Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Boston manager Alex Cora said, leaving right-hander Nick Pivetta available for Game 4, or the bullpen, if necessary.

Cora revealed her decision Sunday after a bit of intrigue: when the team’s availability was announced around 2:30 pm, 4 pm The interviewee was identified as a “Game 3 starter.”

The Astros will go with right-hander Jose Urquidy on Monday night.

Rodriguez was 13-9 with a 4.74 ERA this season after missing all of last year due to coronavirus-related heart disease. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this postseason, with two starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series; he allowed two runs and got five outs in Game 1, then pitched five innings and allowed two runs and three hits in Game 4 for Boston.

Rodriguez faced the Astros twice during the regular season, allowing a .351 batting average and six runs per game.


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