Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez dazzles in major league debut

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez works against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
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They say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

That should be just fine for Eduardo Rodriguez.

In his major league debut, the 22-year-old left-hander threw 7.2 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night in Arlington. Boston’s No. 4 prospect, Rodriguez struck out seven while allowing just three hits.

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“I wasn’t nervous after the first couple of pitches,” Rodriguez said after the game, via The Associated Press. “I went out and saw the lights and saw the stadium, and said, ‘This is what it’s like.’”

Mixing fastballs and sliders, Rodriguez retired the Rangers in order in the first inning. He capped the frame with his first career MLB strikeout, getting Prince Fielder to swing at an 87-mph sider for strike three. Before giving way to reliever Tommy Layne with two on and two out in the eighth, Rodriguez threw 105 total pitches, 68 for strikes. According to the team, he had the longest scoreless outing by a Red Sox player in his major league debut since Billy Rohr in 1967.

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