Rodriguez continues to make strides: Over his last four starts, Eduardo Rodriguez has a 2.11 ERA and has allowed just one homer. He had some traffic on the bases in the first few innings, but managed to wriggle out of the jams he created by limiting the Braves to 1-for-7 with RISP. That, too, has been a hallmark of his in recent outings -- opposing hitters are just 3-for-18 with RISP over his last four starts. Improved command of both his cutter and slider has helped Rodriguez attack both sides of the plate with his entire arsenal. "Now, I've got those pitches to work outside to a righty and inside to a lefty,'' said Rodriguez, "not just fastball away or a changeup." Now, the last hurdle to be overcome: getting deeper into games. He needed 101 pitches to get 5.2 innings Friday night. He's gotten an out beyond the sixth inning just once in 10 starts this season.
Red Sox continue to live by long ball: This is particularly true at Fenway, where, in the last two home games,