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Brock Holt wearing patch to honor Dustin Pedroia, credits him for recent hot streak

Brock Holt wearing patch to honor Dustin Pedroia, credits him for recent hot streak

Since returning from the IL in late May, Brock Holt has been playing well.

In fact, that's an understatement. He has been red-hot.

In 14 games since returning to the lineup, Holt is hitting .396. He also clubbed his first homer of the season at Camden Yards on Friday night. Throughout this streak, Holt has been wearing a patch on his left arm to honor one of his teammates, and he believes that the patch is helping him to hit better.

“Dustin Pedroia right here,” he said to NESN's Guerin Austin about the patch (as transcribed by Lauren Campbell). “Little shoutout. I’ve been wearing it ever since he went back home. We’re always thinking about him. I’m obviously thinking about him. It actually might be the reason I’m doing so well is I’ve got a little bit of him with me. He’s part of our team still, no matter where he’s at.”

Pedroia was moved to the 60-day IL after suffering yet another setback in his return from a knee injury. He elected to stop rehabbing the injury to take time off. The team's long-time second baseman and former AL MVP has played in just nine games since the start of the 2018 season as he has been plagued by the malady.

It's nice to see Holt honor Pedroia, and it's also nice to see the bat come around again for Holt. He could once again prove to be a valuable piece for the Red Sox as the lefthanded part of the second base platoon and a utility option who can give other players days off.

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MLB trade deadline tracker: Latest news on players tied to Red Sox

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MLB trade deadline tracker: Latest news on players tied to Red Sox

If the Red Sox become buyers ahead of the MLB trade deadline, who will they be shopping for? Here's an updated look at the players reportedly on their radar ahead of July 31.

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez becoming 'the guy we envisioned'

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez becoming 'the guy we envisioned'

Red Sox fans could get used to this version of Eduardo Rodriguez.

The left-hander was sensational in Monday night's 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing only two hits and not giving up a run in seven innings of work. Manager Alex Cora has been especially critical of Rodriguez in the past for his inconsistencies, but he came away thrilled with what he saw in Tampa Bay.

“We know how good he can be. I think you get to a point in your career where you realize your stuff is good, really good, and you don’t have to be David [Price] or Chris [Sale] or Rick [Porcello],” Cora told reporters. “You learn from them but at the end, your stuff is that good. He’s learning every outing. … Little by little he’s becoming the guy we envisioned. He’s a strong guy. I don’t think we have to put a limit with him. … He worked hard in the offseason, body-wise and you can see it. He’s doing an outstanding job.”

Rodriguez has been impressive over his last five starts, lowering his ERA from 4.87 to 4.10 in that span. With the latest win, his record on the season improves to 12-4.

Although efficiency is still an area that needs improvement (he had four walks on Monday night), it's encouraging to see E-Rod making strides for a struggling rotation that needs all the help it can get down the stretch.

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