Powerful and perfect. Rodriguez faced nine hitters and retired all of them, including three strikeouts in Boston's 7-6 win.
For the 21-year-old Rodriguez, a prospect (No. 6 in the organization, per MLB.com) the Red Sox are excited about, it was a homecoming. The lefty was traded by the Orioles to Boston last July 31 for reliever Andrew Miller.
Facing the team he once envisioned he would pitch for, Rodriguez was dominant.
"It was a lot of fun to spend time again with guys I spent four quality years with," Rodriguez said to reporters in Sarasota. "Before the game, I got to say hello to a lot of them, and they said hello to me. It was a lot of fun."
But when the competition started, Rodriguez didn't allow much fun for even the best of Baltimore's hitters, including Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado.
"Can't say enough about Rodriguez," said Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. "Three easy innings, right through their order. I think he answered the questions about how he'd come out here today against his former team. He did a very good job."
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