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Wednesday’s spring training report: Strong start for Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez threw 80 pitches over four innings but didn't allow a run and whiffed 10.
Eduardo Rodriguez threw 80 pitches over four innings but didn't allow a run and whiffed 10.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

SCORE: Red Sox 3, Rays 1

RECORD: 9-10-1

BREAKDOWN: A strong-enough outing from Eduardo Rodriguez — 10 strikeouts in four innings — set the pace as the Red Sox went to 2-0-1 this spring against Chaim Bloom’s old team and arguably their toughest AL East rival … Xander Bogaerts collected his first hit of the Grapefruit League, an opposite-field single in the third. He’s 1 for 13 this spring. … Jonathan Lucroy and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits, while Ryan Brasier and Heath Hembree each threw a hitless, walkless inning … For a change, Bradley played right field, with Kevin Pillar in center.

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Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 in four innings on Wednesday.
Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 in four innings on Wednesday.Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

PLAYER OF THE DAY: It took too many pitches, 80, for only four innings but 10 strikeouts in any start equates to a strong outing and that’s what Rodriguez had. “I was supposed to go five, I went four, threw 80 pitches — I felt it was a good process getting ready for the next outing,” said Rodriguez.

NEXT GAME: The Sox have the day off on Thursday. On Friday, the Rays play a 1:05 p.m. game at JetBlue Park. The game will be broadcast on WEEI 850. Martin Perez is the scheduled starter for the Sox.



Michael Silverman can be reached at michael.silverman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeSilvermanBB.