Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Padres. Hitting out of the leadoff spot, Rodriguez knocked a double and notched his 11th RBI of the season. He's still struggling, hitting .190 and striking out over 33 percent of the time, so his time atop the Pirates' order will likely be short-lived.
Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the White Sox. Getting a rare start in center field, Rodriguez helped the Bucs to an early 2-1 lead in the second inning with just his second double of the season. The veteran utility player is slashing a tepid .171/.293/.357 through 30 games, but he's showing faint signs of life at the plate -- of his six extra-base hits on the year, three of them have come in his last four starts.
Rodriguez will get the start at second base and bat eighth against the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon, Lance Lysowski of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. He's started only five games since April 22, going 2-for-24 with zero extra-base hits. Pittsburgh will square off against hard-throwing righty Reynaldo Lopez, and Rodriguez is batting .098 in 41 at-bats against right-handed pitching. While he provides stellar defense at multiple positions, the 31-year-old continues to struggle at the plate.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Phillies. The utility man's blast was of the leadoff variety, as he took Aaron Nola deep on the second pitch of the game. Rodriguez is hitting just .222 on the season, but he holds a solid .879 OPS thank in part to his three home runs.
Rodriguez will will bat atop the order and play second base versus Philadelphia on Saturday. Rodriguez has appeared in 10 games for the Pirates this season, hitting .174/.296/.435 with two home runs and five RBI. He will be going up against right-hander Aaron Nola during the third contest of a four-game series.
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