Ex-Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodriguez throws three perfect innings in Red Sox win

Current Red Sox and ex-Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez looked good against his old team Saturday.

Former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was dealt to the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline last year, threw three perfect innings in a 7-6 win over his old team Saturday.

Rodriguez retired all nine Orioles hitters he faced, striking out three while displaying a fastball that sat between 94 and 96 mph.

“It was a lot of fun,” Rodriguez said. “It was fun to spend some time with guys I spent four years with. I said hello to a lot of them and they said hello to me. I just tried to keep the same routine and do what I was doing. Thankfully, it went well.

“I kept the same approach, maybe tightened some things up here and there. I think I did get a lot out of facing their starting guys.”

The 21-year-old left-hander, the Orioles' No. 3 overall prospect last season, was traded to the Red Sox on July 31 for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

“We thought he was a good prospect, too, remember?” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It wasn't propaganda. … He's a little older, a little thicker like guys his age. ... He's a good prospect.”

After the trade, Rodriguez was 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA in six starts with the Red Sox's Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine. He was 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 16 starts with Double-A Bowie before the deal, missing more than a month with a knee sprain.

“I've been working very hard,” Rodriguez said, “not just for myself or to impress them, but also for my teammates and to make a good impression.”

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