Red Sox 5, Rangers 1

Eduardo Rodriguez turns in ‘best start of my life’ in Red Sox debut

Red Sox lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez fired 7⅔
 innings of shutout ball in his debut.

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The rookie lefthander allowing just three hits and struck out seven to lead the Red Sox to a victory in Texas.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b27117116a3842679564bfc533a3df44-b27117116a3842679564bfc533a3df44-0.jpg A closer look at where Eduardo Rodriguez’s debut ranks

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/afaad0bbc3a544f3bb123f2537b4d72e-afaad0bbc3a544f3bb123f2537b4d72e-0.jpg In May, Red Sox were barely better than replacement level

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

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

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.

//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.

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.

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?

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/475006656.jpg MLB roundup: White Sox, Orioles split doubleheader

The doubleheader was scheduled because of rioting in Baltimore last month.

ALEX SPEIER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin101113redsoxworkout_spt20-7077--90x90.jpg Why the Red Sox’ trade focus already may be shifting

It may well be that acquiring so-called “rental” players won’t make a lot of sense for the Sox.

Alex Speier

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022615RedSoxSpring_spt34.jpg It’s no surprise Eduardo Rodriguez reached majors quickly

The Orioles personnel who worked with the Red Sox lefthander in the minors carefully scripted his path to the big leagues.

Red Sox-Rangers pitching matchups

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

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin030215RedSoxSpring_spt40.jpg Fire Cherington and Farrell? That’s not going to happen

If the Red Sox are still in last place at the end of the season, then it’s time to talk about a leadership change.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2a877089861a4b9d92ba3edc045932ee-2a877089861a4b9d92ba3edc045932ee-0-7070--90x90.jpg Rick Porcello showing no signs of being an ace

The Red Sox righthander’s huge contract created lofty expectations, which he isn’t yet close to meeting.

Alex Speier | Minor Details

Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech dominating in Greenville

Kopech allowed a run on three hits while walking two and punching out eight in Single A.