Wandy Rodriguez didn't impress over his first four starts with Pittsburgh after being traded from Houston. The left-hander posted a 5.58 ERA over 24.2 innings, before taking the mound at PNC Park on Friday. Not having started since the 15th, Rodriguez did pitch two innings of relief in the Bucs 19-inning marathon game in St. Louis. Rodriguez looked much sharper and tossed a quality start.

"He has really tried to validate this trade in a short period of time, and I think it’s probably worked probably counter productively," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had a nice chat the other day with [pitcher Jeff] Karstens in here interpreting. I just gave him my take on it and what I’ve seen over the years. We don’t expect him to hit a hyper space button and take it to another level. We like the gu...

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