LEADING OFF: Rodríguez faces former team, Kwan keeps going

Apr 12, 2022, 5:30 AM | Updated: 5:32 pm
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws during the first inning of a baseball game...

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, April 8, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Wednesday:

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SWITCHING SIDES

Tigers lefty Eduardo Rodríguez gets a look at his former teammates when he pitches against Boston at Comerica Park.

Rodriguez was 64-39 in six seasons with Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox before signing a $77 million, five-year contract with Detroit as a free agent.

“All in all, I’m going to enjoy having the opportunity to face my old teammates,” he said.

The 29-year-old Rodriguez gave up three runs and four hits in four innings against the White Sox in his Detroit debut.

KWAN WATCH

Remarkable Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan has now reached base at least three times in all five games of his major league career.

The 24-year-old outfielder kept up his super start with a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly Tuesday in a 10-5 win at Cincinnati.

Kwan is batting 10 for 15 since making his debut on opening day. He has reached base in 18 of 24 plate appearances, the most times for any player in his first five games since 1901.

Kwan also has swung 39 times and not completely missed a single time, according to Statcast.

The lefty hitter and the Guardians next face lefty Nick Lodolo, who will make his big league debut. The Reds picked him seventh overall in the 2019 draft.

MANAEA MAGIC

Off to a sensational start, Padres newcomer Sean Manaea is back on the mound at San Francisco.

Traded from Oakland to San Diego in the final week of spring training, the 30-year-old lefty pitched seven hitless innings against Arizona in his Padres debut. Manaea was pulled after 88 pitches with the no-hitter intact.

Manaea pitched six seasons for the A’s before being dealt. He’s still waiting to settle into San Diego — the trade came while he was in Arizona for spring training, then the Padres opened against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix before heading to San Francisco.

A NEW VIEW

Clayton Kershaw gets his first look at Target Field when he faces the Minnesota Twins for the first time in his career.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner makes his season debut for the Dodgers. He chose to stay with Los Angeles rather than sign as a free agent with the Rangers in his home state of Texas.

Now in his 15th season, the 34-year-old Kershaw was sharp in four spring training starts.

While he’s never taken on the Twins, Kershaw will pitch against a familiar opponent. Chris Paddack makes his first start for Minnesota after being acquired in an opening-day trade with San Diego.

Paddack was early in his rookie season of 2019 when he lost to Kershaw in an NL West matchup.

GOING MY WAY?

Robbie Ray impressed in his first game for Seattle, showing the stuff that won him the AL Cy Young Award last year with Toronto.

The 30-year-old lefty was in control last week, winning at Minnesota with seven innings of three-hit ball. Ray now takes on José Abreu, Tim Anderson and the White Sox in Chicago.

Dallas Keuchel starts for the White Sox, trying for his 100th career win. The 34-year-old lefty, who won the 2015 AL Cy Young with Houston, struggled last season and was shaky in spring training last month.

AILING

The New York Mets lost another starting pitcher when right-hander Taijuan Walker was put on the 10-day injured list because of bursitis in his pitching shoulder.

It’s the latest setback to the team’s rotation that already was missing two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. He was sidelined before opening day because of inflammation around his shoulder blade, a problem that could keep him from pitching in the majors until June.

Walker threw two perfect innings Monday night at Philadelphia in his season debut, then was pulled after 30 pitches. Walker was 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA last season, his first with the Mets.

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LEADING OFF: Rodríguez faces former team, Kwan keeps going