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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.

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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