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If Kelly's struggles continue, could Rodriguez take spot?

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If Kelly's struggles continue, could Rodriguez take spot?

Just when the Red Sox seemed like they were putting it all together, Joe Kelly sent the team for a whirl with his losing effort on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. His poor performances are starting to open the door for a Triple A pitcher to trade places. And the Red Sox already have someone in mind -- it's Eduardo Rodriguez.

"It has to be very frustrating for the Red Sox, because the two previous (starts), it looked like Kelly had gotten some things figured out," CSNNE's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam said. "He took a foot off the pedal, eased up a little on the velocity, and located far better after that stretch of four starts where he gave up five-plus runs every time. And then right back into that same problem (on Monday), and the issue wasn't that complicated. It was fastball command.

"...Nobody has had more difficulty with big innings than Kelly, and he showed that today."

The Sox were already contemplating bringing Rodriguez up from Triple A, McAdam explained, when Wade Miley struggled -- though he rebounded against the Angels. It seems Kelly has one more start -- at most -- to show he belongs in the Sox' rotation.

McAdam said: "He's clearly on thin ice."

Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Red Sox' Eduardo Rodriguez, Bobby Dalbec test positive for COVID-19

Two more Boston Red Sox players have contracted COVID-19, including their projected Opening Day starter.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and third baseman Bobby Dalbec have tested positive for COVID-19, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Tuesday.

Rodriguez currently is home in Miami and hasn't joined the team after recently being around someone who was sick. The 27-year-old still is "not feeling 100 percent," per Roenicke, but is feeling "better" than he has in recent days and has told his manager he still wants to pitch on Opening Day.

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The Red Sox begin their shortened 2020 season July 24 against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, and Rodriguez was set to start as Boston's de facto No. 1 starter with Chris Sale sidelined due to injury.

Dalbec also hasn't reported to Fenway Park for training camp and is asymptomatic, according to Roenicke.

The Red Sox now have had four players test positive for COVID-19, as pitchers Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor received positive tests last week.

Boston has been less impacted by the coronavirus than clubs like the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays, who had to close their spring training facilities due to multiple positive tests. But the Red Sox haven't steered clear of the virus and will have to take precautions as Opening Day draws nearer.

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

Breaking down winners and losers of MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020

How do you shorten each team's regular-season schedule by 102 games while maintaining parity?

The simple answer: You don't.

Major League Baseball unveiled its full 2020 regular season schedule Monday, in which teams will play 60 games total: 40 against division opponents and 20 against teams in the corresponding geographic division of the other league.

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This format obviously benefits clubs that play in weaker divisions while hurting teams that have to see more of their difficult opponents.

As you'll soon find out, for example, the Boston Red Sox will have their hands full playing three series apiece against the American League East rival New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in addition to facing several quality teams in the National League East.

So, who are the biggest winners and losers of MLB's unprecedented 60-game schedule? Let's dive in.

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