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Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: Ortiz, Castillo absent as Rodriguez makes last start

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Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound for his last start of the season Monday night against New York.

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David Ortiz and Rusney Castillo are out of the lineup Monday night as the Sox kick off their last week of games, and Eduardo Rodriguez makes his last start of the season in New York.

BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK YANKEES
Mookie Betts - CF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Brett Gardner - LF
Xander Bogaerts - SS Alex Rodriguez - DH
Travis Shaw - 1B Carlos Beltran - RF
Brock Holt - RF Chase Headley - 3B
Allen Craig - DH Greg Bird - 1B
Blake Swihart - C John Ryan Murphy - C
Deven Marrero - 3B Didi Gregorius - SS
Jackie Bradley - LF Rob Refsnyder - 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP Ivan Nova - RHP

It's the end of the 2015 line for Eduardo Rodriguez tonight. While the Sox still have six more games after today, they'll apparently avoid going back to him next time through the rotation. Not a surprising tactic to take with a young arm that has already exceeded his previous innings high water mark this season.

It's been fairly steady going for Eduardo Rodriguez hese days. He started his major career by intermixing some impressive highs and lows alike. One game seven shutout, the next a complete disaster. But--and I am knocking on all the wood here--it's been more than a month since Rodriguez had one of his truly bad episodes. Since that August 12th start where he surrendered eight runs in five innings, Rodriguez has tossed 37.1 innings of nine-run ball, dropping his ERA all the way from a high of 4.83 down below 4.00. One more good outing would make this season all the more impressive for the rookie, but whether it's dominance or disaster that awaits, he's established a solid foundation to launch a career from.

As for what the rest of the team can get out of this, well, if the Jays are willing to win some gaes, the Red Sox stand a very real chance of ending New York's pursuit of a division title and, yes, climbing into third place themselves. It's a milestone that has eluded them time and again of late. Maybe they'll finally make it work this time?

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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