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Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi day-to-day with side tightness, could return Tuesday vs Rockies

Andrew Benintendi exited the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Padres Saturday night with left side tightness, an ailment that kept him out of Sunday's 3-1 loss. 

Luckily for the Red Sox, it doesn't appear their left fielder will be out for long. According to Alex Cora, Benintendi is considered day-to-day and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday when the team visits the Rockies. 

“He’s doing okay. He feels better,” Cora told MassLive's Chris Cotillo. “We’ll stay away from him today, he’ll probably get some treatment tomorrow and we’ll know more on Tuesday.”

The Sox took two of three against the Padres, but couldn't complete the sweep thanks to a silent day from one of the league's best offenses. They should be able to continue to produce without Benintendi in the lineup, but the lefty had been swinging the bat well lately and will be needed in the final 30 games of the year if Boston hopes to make a late run at the postseason. 

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

After another superb outing against the Phillies Saturday night, Eduardo Rodriguez earned high praise from his manager Alex Cora. 

"He’s throwing like an ace," Cora said on NESN postgame. "We’re very happy with the progress. The fact that it’s Sept. 14, 15, and he’s as strong as early in the season. That’s good to see.”

Rodriguez didn't secure his 18th win of the year thanks to a seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn't take away from a 12-strikeout performance.

Rodriguez now has a 3.64 ERA in over 185 innings pitched. The Sox need Rodriguez to come into his own if they hope to stay in contention long term, and he continues to show progress toward reaching his potential. 

Rodriguez still has a chance to get to 20 wins, but he'll have to win each of the three starts he has left in 2019. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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