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Red Sox will give Eduardo Rodriguez a second start

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After a very impressive debut Thursday, the lefthander will face the Twins at Fenway Park next Wednesday.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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Every team in the division has flaws, but each one is capable of making a calculated move and rising to the top.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/hamilton.jpg Josh Hamilton shows flashes of his old brilliance

The Rangers slugger, who met with the Red Sox when he was a free agent in 2012, believes he’s on the comeback trail.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright (35) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Rangers 7, Red Sox 4

Josh Hamilton’s two blasts help Rangers top Red Sox

The Red Sox bullpen allowed four runs and the offense managed just six hits in a loss in Texas.

Alex Speier

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The rookie became the first Red Sox starter in 20 years to not allow an earned run in his big league debut.

Eduardo Rodriguez probably earned himself another start and maybe a permanent home in the Red Sox rotation.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Eduardo Rodriguez proved he was worth the wait

Rodriguez looked nothing like a 21-year-old rookie making his big league debut as he baffled the Rangers for 7 innings.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

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By almost every statistical measure, the Red Sox’ performance this month has been among baseball’s worst.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin052315SoxAngels_spt18.jpg Red Sox to sit David Ortiz a few games

Manager John Farrell said Thursday the slumping designated hitter will take a breather.

David Ortiz is hitting just .200 with in May and .216 for the season.

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

A few days off doesn’t signal David Ortiz’s demise

Over the next couple of days the slumping slugger will look at video, do all of the basic hitting drills in the cage, and get back to basics.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/475023026-7155.jpg Xander Bogaerts is day-to-day after getting hit by pitch

The Red Sox shortstop was struck just above his left wrist; X-rays were negative and Bogaerts came away with a bruise.

RED SOX MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Red Sox have long-term vision for Trey Ball

Ball, drafted seventh overall in 2013, has had an underwhleming career in the minors, but the Sox see a lefthander with a high ceiling.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

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The Red Sox prospect looks like a “different guy from last year,” according to one scout.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7033.jpg Time to question the Red Sox talent evaluators

Who thought swapping John Lackey for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig was a good idea?

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Troy Tulowitzki hit two solo homers and the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Friday night.

Red Sox place Daniel Nava (thumb) on 15-day DL

The utility player has been dealing with a sprained thumb for several years, and now it is particularly troublesome.

Red Sox-Rangers pitching matchups

Here are the projected starters for this weekend's series in Texas.