What’s on Tap: Previewing Saturday’s action

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The last time Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound, he came four outs shy of his first career no-hitter. Replicating that kind of success is no easy feat, but the Red Sox wouldn’t mind another win after trouncing the Blue Jays 13-3 during Friday’s series opener.

One brilliant start aside, Rodriguez has muddled through the season at the back end of the Red Sox’ rotation, sporting a hefty 3.29 BB/9 rate and 1.54 HR/9 rate and working a 4.89 FIP through 82 innings. Behind him, Boston’s offense is averaging just over four runs of support per start, but after outscoring their opponents 53-13 in their last week’s worth of games, finding runs doesn’t appear to be an issue.

Facing Rodriguez and the Red Sox is Blue Jays’ hurler J.A. Happ, who carries a 3.94 FIP and has been competing for starts within Toronto’s six-man rotation. Unlike Rodriguez, Happ got shelled in his last outing after the Rays tagged him for three runs, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings pitched. He hasn’t dominated a lineup in a full month, when he tossed four scoreless frames against an earlier iteration of the Rays’ lineup and won, 7-0.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are set for a rematch at 1:05 PM EDT. The rest of Saturday’s action:

Chicago Cubs (John Lackey) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 1:05 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 4:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka), 4:05 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Drew Hutchison), 7:05 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Detroit Tigers (Jordan Zimmermann), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger) @ Minnesota Twins (Hector Santiago), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Chicago White Sox (James Shields), 7:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Rich Hill) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Atlanta Braves (John Gant), 7:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 7:15 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley), 8:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich), 8:40 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Los Angeles Angels (Daniel Wright), 9:05 PM EDT

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.