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Red Sox minor lines: Eduardo Rodriguez' big step forward

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Eduardo Rodriguez is looking just about ready to make his return.

Pawtucket W 2-1

Rusney Castillo: 1-4, 2B
Sam Travis: 1-3, BB, K
Deven Marrero: 0-3, K

Eduardo Rodriguez: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Anthony Varvaro: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Pat Light: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Well this is certainly the best we've seen out of Rodriguez yet in his rehab stint. The velocity still wasn't quite there, coming in a couple MPH off his 2015 levels. But just showing that he's got the endurance to go seven at this point is a big deal, and the big results just make it that much better. The Sox will probably give him one more start, maybe two, but if all goes well, we might finally have our young southpaw back in Boston.

Portland W 5-4

Andrew Benintendi: 1-3, BB, CS

It takes Benintendi until his sixth game in Portland to pick up his third hit, and both of the other two came at once. But would it really surprise anyone if the next six games saw him triple, or even quadruple his total? Not much Benintendi can do would really surprise at this point.

Salem W 3-1

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-3, BB
Nick Longhi: 1-2, 2 BB, K
Rafael Devers: 1-3

Travis Lakins: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Dubon and Longhi are both having big months, with the former hitting .324/.400/.473 and the latter .317/.421/.460. I'd say they might finally get their chance to shine when Moncada gets the bump...but I wouldn't be surprised to see either or both of them follow him up.


Greenville L 7-17

Joseph Monge: 4-5, 2B, HR

Josh Ockimey gets a much-needed day off to try and reset during a lengthy slump. Joseph Monge takes the opportunity to really grab the spotlight in a big way. This is already his sixth game with three-or-more hits this year. And his first in a while without a strikeout--he is no more immune to that Greenville-centric plague than any other.