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Rodriguez Gets Another Shot After Solid Debut

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24: Pitcher Wandy Rordriguez #0 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the first inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

    Wandy Rodriguez has been a solid, soft-tossing lefty in the bigs for a while now. He pitched in Pittsburgh, with new Rangers manager Jeff Banister as his bench coach, and has seen varying levels of success and big-time struggles, which was probably why he was cut loose from Pittsburgh in the first place.

    Of course, the pitching-starved Rangers swooped in and picked up Rodriguez to help fill their injury-ridden and ineffective rotation, and in his debut over the weekend in Anaheim, he made a pretty strong showing for himself.

    In that game, Rodriguez allowed five hits in five innings of work, allowing just one run on 89 pitches — a pretty nice number for a guy making his season debut. Now, he'll get a chance to follow that outing with another on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners, and he'll be doing it at home in his Rangers home debut.

    The 11-year vet is a career-long National League pitcher, so we'll see how he transitions long term to the AL, where pitchers' ERAs generally struggle. But Rodriguez has essentially been a lock for a mid-3.00s ERA over the course of his career.

    So even if it goes up a half-run, that'd be a nice number for a guy who is essentially your fourth or fifth starter until reinforcements come in the form of Martin Perez and Derek Holland, and possibly even Matt Harrison.