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Red Sox vs. Nationals lineup: Is E-Rod built for Boston?

A new article says Eduardo Rodriguez might be getting better even as Fenway Park pushes back.

MLB: Boston Red Sox- Workouts
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Good news! You can watch today’s Red Sox game versus the Nationals, if you have an subscription, on MASN. If you do, you’ll see Eduardo Rodríguez, a suddenly vital part of the Sox rotation, take the hill. E-Rod was the subject of an interesting in-depth article yesterday by Chris Anders, one of our cousins at Beyond the Box Score, which said — in much greater detail than I’ll get into here — that Rodriguez generally changed for the better in 2016, albeit in ways that his home ballpark tends to push back against. It’s really interesting. Go read it.

Here’s today’s lineup:

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Brock Holt, SS \o/
  3. Mookie Betts, RF
  4. Hanley Ramírez, DH
  5. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  6. Chris Young, LF
  7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  8. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  9. Blake Swihart, C

SP: E-Rod

The Nationals counter with Bryce Harper batting third and Joe Ross on the mound. Televised baseball! Bring it to me.