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Game Notes: First of Three at Fenway

Erasmo Ramirez vs Eduardo Rodriguez

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and after a week of wheeling and dealing, the landscape of major league baseball looks remarkably different, particularly among some of the teams in the American League East.

The Toronto Blue Jays have strengthened their rotation with the acquisition of David Price, made their rich offense richer by adding Troy Tulowitzki and Ben Revere, and have bolstered their bullpen with the additions of Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins.

The Baltimore Orioles have strengthened the supporting cast in Adam Jones's outfield by acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers and Junior Lake from the Chicago Cubs.

Meanwhile, the division-leading New York Yankees, the cellar-dwelling Boston Red Sox, and the Tampa Bay Rays made minor splashes as they more or less kept their rosters intact.

With the deadline in the rearview mirror, we can now continue with our regular scheduled broadcasting.

Although the New York Yankees hold a six game lead in the American League East, the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Rays are within one game of each other. With 59 games remaining on their schedule, the Rays sit three games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

After yesterday's day off, the Rays open a three game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to face the Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez.

First pitch is at 7:10.

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BOSTON RED SOX
Brandon Guyer - CF Brock Holt - 2B
Steven Souza - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B David Ortiz - DH
Logan Forsythe - 1B Mike Napoli - 1B
Joey Butler - DH Alejandro De Aza - LF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Rusney Castillo - RF
Tim Beckham - 2B Blake Swihart - C
Mikie Mahtook - LF Jackie Bradley - CF
Curt Casali - C Josh Rutledge - 3B
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP

The Book on Eduardo Rodriguez

The rookie season of Eduardo Rodriguez has been one of extremes.

In eight of his eleven starts this season, Rodriguez has surrendered two earned runs or less. He has held his opponents scoreless twice, and has surrendered only one run five times. In these eight starts, the 22-year-old has posted a 1.03 ERA in 52.1 innings of work.

His other three starts have been nothing short of disaster.

Twenty-two of his 29 earned runs have come in the nine innings that have spanned these three appearances. He was blasted for nine runs against the Blue Jays on June 14, six runs against the Baltimore Orioles on June 25, and seven runs against the Los Angeles Angels on July 20.

Here's a look at his stat line thus far:

Wins Loses Games Games Started Innings Pitched K/9 BB/9 HR/9 ERA FIP xFIP
6 3 11 11 61.1 7.63 2.93 1.17 4.26 4.15 3.93

While Rodriguez has certainly been one of the bright spots on the Red Sox' rotation, the promising rookie is still a work in progress.

Here's a look at his arsenal:

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs RHH vs LHH
Fourseam 95 mph

67.23% vs RHH

***

68.54% vs LHH

Sporadic. Outer half of the plate and away.
Sinker 95 mph

0.34% vs RHH

***

0% vs LHH

Rarely thrown. Never thrown.
Change 88 mph

21.54% vs RHH

***

9.36% vs LHH

Below the knees and/or out of the zone, away. Rarely thrown, below the knees.
Slider 87 mph

10.88% vs RHH

***

22.10% vs LHH

Low and inside. Low and away.