Rodriguez (2-4) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over 5.1 innings to take the loss Friday against the Twins. Rodriguez allowed single runs in the second and sixth innings, but the offense was only able to put a single run on the board to keep him from having a shot at a win. Since being brought back up to the majors on July 16, he's allowed just three runs in 12 innings over two starts to lower his ERA to 6.70. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Tigers.
Rodriguez (2-3) gave up an earned run on four hits and two walks over seven innings in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Yankees. He also recorded a strikeout. The 23-year-old looked like a completely different pitcher as compared to the last start before his demotion, an appearance against the Rays on June 27 where he'd been blasted for 11 hits and nine earned runs in less than three frames. Rodriguez turned in what was easily his best outing of the season, allowing the fewest earned runs of any 2016 start while also completing seven innings for the first time during the campaign. The young southpaw's only hiccup was the third-inning solo homer he allowed to Brett Gardner, but he otherwise stymied a veteran Yankees lineup. Rodriguez will try to keep the positive momentum when he faces off with the Twins next Friday.
The Red Sox recalled Rodriguez from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Rodriguez spent the last couple weeks in the minors after posting a 10.03 ERA over five June starts, but he will re-join Boston's rotation coming out of the All-Star break. He will first take the ball Saturday against the Yankees -- a team he has not faced this season, but had success against in 2015, posting a 3-1 record and 2.22 ERA over four starts.
Updating a previous report, Rodriguez is scheduled to pitch for Boston on Saturday, according to MLB.com. An earlier report had the Red Sox calling up Rodriguez to start Friday's game against the Yankees, but that start is going to Steven Wright. The Red Sox are confident the left-hander's problem with pitch-tipping has been rectified and their anxious for him to regain the form he had during his rookie season in 2015.
Rodriguez made the necessary adjustments to his delivery so that he is no longer tipping his pitches, Meredith Perri of Mass Live reports. "I think by all reports and watching video of him, it looks like he's gained some comfort with the hand position that has been widely talked about," manager John Farrell said. "So required and needed adjustments have been made." The organization's main goals for Rodriguez when he was optioned two weeks ago was to eliminate the pitch-tipping and gain more confidence in his slider. He showed progress in both areas during his two-start stint with Triple-A Pawtucket. At the time of the demotion, the Red Sox envisioned multiple starts for the left-hander, but they are desperate for healthy starters so he gets back to MLB more quickly.