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Torey Lovullo: Eduardo Rodriguez has been tipping pitches, but it’s something that can be fixed 06.22.16 at 10:58 am ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo acknowledges youngster Eduardo Rodriguez has been tipping his pitches, but also says that it’s a fixable issue.

Appearing with Mike Giardi and Rob Bradford on WEEI over the weekend, Lovullo said it’s something that Rodriguez continues to work though, and remains optimistic that “good things” will happen for Rodriguez.

“He’s been tipping his pitches and he’s been working on delivery, some mechanical things to eliminate the tipping of the pitches. When a major league hitter knows what’s coming by something that you’re doing your delivery before your delivered the pitch they can square up anything. They can hit any pitch in any time, any location. They know it’s coming. That’s how good these guys are. So we’re trying to eliminate that.”

He added: “It’s been a tough course for him. But you know we’re not going to turn our back on him. We’re going to continue to give the ball he’s going to continue pounding the strike zone, and we look for good things to happen.”

Lovullo said eliminating the tipping doesn’t involve a “mechanical adjustment.” Instead, it’s far simpler.

“It’s not like he’s changed a release point or he is, you know, changing his direction stride or direction. Those are hard fixes. Those are things that take an offseason to work through,” he said. “This is just simply when he puts his hand into the glove and grips the ball, he is turning his glove or moving his glove or manipulating his forearm in a way that hitter — and it’s so specific — can see what he’s going to throw. So five seconds before the pitch is delivered hitters preparing knowing a fastball is coming. And he’s got a very, very aggressive fastball.

“He’s trying to cure it. He’s trying to fix it. But when their stimulus and he’s ready to make a pitch he forgets about it any revert back to it. So, we’re trying to add stimulus. We’re trying to get him in that mindset in between these starts to say, ‘Hey look this is where you are. Slow it down. Don’t do this anymore.’ And that’s hard to do. It takes a little bit of mindset. So, he’s changing that a little bit and has nothing to do with the delivery. Once he starts his delivery, he’s perfectly fine. He just has to take care of the business.”

Rodriguez is set to start Wednesday night against Chicago’s Jose Quintana.

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Red Sox lineup: Chris Young returns to left field vs. Mariners 06.17.16 at 3:56 pm ET
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Chris Young

Chris Young

Chris Young is back in Boston’s lineup and batting seventh Friday as the Red Sox host the Mariners in the first game of a three-game set at Fenway Park.

Sandy Leon is catching Roenis Elias. The lineup is as follows:

Betts RF
Pedroia 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez 1B
Bradley Jr. CF
Young LF
Shaw 3B
Leon C

Travis Shaw returns to lineup as Red Sox face Orioles 06.14.16 at 3:42 pm ET
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Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw is back in Boston’s lineup Tuesday as the Red Sox take on the Orioles in the first game of a three-game set.

Shaw sat in Sunday’s game against the Twins because Minnesota had the left-handed Pat Dean on the mound and Shaw has struggled against lefties. He’s back in the lineup and hitting eighth against Orioles righty Chris Tillman.

The Sox will send David Price to the mound. Price has pitched into the seventh and allowed two runs in his last three starts (0-2). He was the hard-luck loser in his last outing, as he gave up three hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven over eight innings in a 2-1 loss to the Giants.

Betts RF
Pedroia 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez 1B
Bradley Jr. CF
Young LF
Shaw 3B
Vazquez C

Curt Schilling weighs in on Orlando shooting 06.12.16 at 3:12 pm ET
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In the wake of this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Curt Schilling took to Twitter on Sunday to offer his views on gun control and the root causes behind what happened.

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Red Sox lineup: Jackie Bradley Jr. back from paternity leave, Rusney Castillo sent to Pawtucket 06.03.16 at 3:36 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is back from paternity list and in the Red Sox’ lineup Friday as the Sox face the Blue Jays in the first game of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Bradley, who missed three of the four games Boston played against Baltimore this week, is in center field and batting sixth.

In activating Bradley from the paternity leave list, the Sox optioned Rusney Castillo to Pawtucket. Castillo did not have an at-bat during his recall.

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox. He has pitched at least 6 1/3 innings in each of his last four starts (3-0), though he earned a no-decision in allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays in his last outing. He will oppose Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is 2-6 with a 4.64 ERA on the season.

Betts RF
Pedroia 2B
Bogaert’s SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez 1B
Shaw 3B
Bradley CF
Vazquez C
Swihart LF

Jackie Bradley Jr. named AL Player of Month 06.02.16 at 4:40 pm ET
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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been named American League player of the month for May, the league announced Thursday.

Bradley hit .381/.474/.701 with a 1.175 OPS in May, homering eight times and driving in 24 runs. He also had at least one hit in 25 of the 27 games he played.

On the season, Bradley is hitting .331/.409/.601 with a 1.010 OPS, nine homers and 37 RBI. He is currently on paternity leave and has missed the last two games for that reason. In his absence, Chris Young has been playing center field.

Bradley’s honors mark the first time since July 2011 (Dustin Pedroia) that a Red Sox player was named AL player of the month.

Red Sox lineup: Ryan Hanigan back behind plate, Blake Swihart moves up 06.01.16 at 4:02 pm ET
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With Jackie Bradley Jr. still on paternity leave, the Red Sox will have a similar-looking batting order Wednesday to the one that put up six runs in Tuesday’s victory over the Orioles.

The only different personnel-wise is that Ryan Hanigan will be behind the plate as he catches Joe Kelly.

Blake Swihart and Chris Young are flip-flopped in the order from Tuesday night, with Swihart moving up to seventh in the order and Young batting eighth. Swihart was 0-for-4 Tuesday, while Young was 1-for-3.

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Blake Swihart LF
Chris Young CF
Ryan Hanigan C

Live chat: Talk Red Sox with Rob Bradford, noon 05.19.16 at 9:50 am ET
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Join WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford for a live chat, starting at noon Thursday, talking all things Red Sox, MLB, and anything else …

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Live Blog: Red Sox vs. Royals in first game of doubleheader 05.18.16 at 1:40 pm ET
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We’ll have you covered during Game 1 of today’s doubleheader with the Royals, with Steven Wright on the hill.

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Eduardo Rodriguez suffers setback in right knee, will miss Thursday start 05.17.16 at 3:01 pm ET
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Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Dale & Holley Tuesday that Eduardo Rodriguez will miss Thursday’s rehab start in Pawtucket due to knee soreness.

“There’s been a little bit of a development here with Eduardo,” Farrell said. “He was scheduled for a start on Thursday. He was feeling some occasional soreness in that right knee. People have asked, ‘What are the updates on Eduardo?’ and the questions around velocity, the question around performance. I think any time you’re dealing with a pitcher and a player that’s coming back, you’re always kind of focusing in on that last five, 10 percent of effort. There’s been some restriction that Eduardo has felt, and as he has described this occasional soreness, we don’t want to put him at risk and we’re holding him out of that start on Thursday.

“He went through a full exam today with Dr. [Pete] Asnis. We’re continuing to work on his mechanics, the strengthening of the quad and knee area, so we don’t feel like for him to try to get that extra velocity puts him at risk. The thing that we fear is if he doesn’t feel right in his lower half, that added exertion is going to come from solely the arm, and that may show up in something we’re not seeing right now. We don’t want to put him at risk for a potential arm injury, so we’re backing him off the start on Thursday.

“He’ll continue to throw the baseball; long toss, he’ll still have bullpen situations, but this is something we feel we need to address to accomplish that last 10 percent of that energy and effort in his delivery.”

Rodriguez has not pitched in the majors this season, as he twisted his knee during a drill in late February. He has a 4.29 ERA in four rehab starts for Pawtucket.

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