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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run but hung on to record career save No. 400 in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.
K-Rod got into hot water right off the bat by allowing a double to Freddy Galvis and single to Maikel Franco, but he retired the next three batters, giving up just the one run on a sac fly. The reliever becomes the sixth ever to reach the 400-save plateau, and he's the active leader in the category. May 24 - 10:13 PM

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Francisco Rodriguez notched his 13th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Phillies.

K-Rod was protecting a one-run lead, although he got to face Andres Blanco, David Lough and Cesar Hernandez, netting a couple strikeouts and a flyout. The veteran closer hasn't given up a hit in five appearances and is unscored upon in 10 of his last 11 games.
May 23 - 10:49 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched his 10th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Monday's win over the Twins.

K-Rod needed just 10 pitches to dispose of the Twins in order, picking up a strikeout of Miguel Sano along the way. The veteran closer has had a couple bad outings that have his ERA still up at 3.95, but he's mostly pitched well this season.
May 16 - 10:17 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched his eighth save of the season with a scoreless inning in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

K-Rod made Tigers fans sweat it. On to protect a one-run lead, he allowed a one-out double to Anthony Rendon and then issued an intentional walk to Bryce Harper. K-Rod then rebounded to strike out Ryan Zimmerman and got Daniel Murphy to line out to end it. K-Rod holds a 4.63 ERA on the season, but his ERA has been 2.53 since his blown save on Opening Day.
May 10 - 11:41 PM

Francisco Rodriguez slammed the door on the Twins on Saturday, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a three-run advantage.

He allowed a two-out single to Eduardo Escobar, but nothing further came from it. Rodriguez owns a troublesome 5.19 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7/4 K/BB ratio through 8 2/3 innings on the year, but he has made good on six of his first seven save chances.
Apr 30 - 5:06 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched a one-out save Thursday against the Athletics.

The Tigers were up by five runs to begin the ninth inning, but Blaine Hardy ran into trouble by giving up three hits, including an RBI single. K-Rod entered with two on and two out and got Stephen Vogt to fly out to lock down the victory. The 34-year-old has converted each of his last five save chances since his disastrous season debut, though questions remain about his ability to remain a valuable closer as his velocity continues to decline.
Apr 28 - 8:19 PM

Tigers activated RHP Francisco Rodriguez from the family medical emergency list.

K-Rod will return to the Tigers' bullpen on Wednesday after missing three games for a private family issue. The veteran closer has been roughed up a couple times this season, but he does have four saves.
Apr 27 - 3:30 PM

Tigers placed RHP Francisco Rodriguez on the family medical emergency list.

It's unclear at this point how long he might be away from the club. Mark Lowe or Justin Wilson could be in line for saves should an opportunity present itself.
Apr 24 - 9:48 AM

Francisco Rodriguez survived giving up two solo homers and picked up his fourth save Wednesday against the Royals.

Fortunately, he was working with a 3-0 lead in the ninth. He also walked two batters after the homer, yet manager Brad Ausmus stuck with him and he was able to strike out Mike Moustakas to end the game. Rodriguez has a 7.11 ERA and a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings, but since he has converted four of his five save chances, his job remains fairly safe at the moment. He might, however, get Thursday off after throwing 29 pitches tonight, creating a save chance for Mark Lowe or Justin Wilson.
Apr 21 - 12:41 AM

Francisco Rodriguez had a meltdown in his first save chance with the Tigers, yielding three runs on four hits.

K-Rod entered the game into about as cushy of a situation as it gets, as he had a three-run lead to work with and was facing the 5-6-7 hitters in the Marlins' lineup. It quickly spun out of control, as he allowed a single and a double to two of the first three hitters and eventually back-to-back, two-out doubles to cough up the lead. Worth noting is that setup man Mark Lowe also gave up a run in his inning of work. K-Rod should have some leash to work with, but he's 34 and there's no telling when it might go for him.
Apr 5 - 11:48 PM

Francisco Rodriguez made his spring debut with a perfect fifth inning Tuesday against the Braves.

K-Rod was a little late to arrive in Tigers camp because of visa issues, and he's also dealt with a minor finger problem. Still, he has more than enough time to get ready for Opening Day.
Mar 15 - 4:30 PM

Francisco Rodriguez (finger) is still on track to pitch Tuesday.

K-Rod showed up to Tigers' camp Monday with a swollen ring finger in his pitching hand, but it's not a major concern. The veteran closer was acquired from the Brewers during the winter after posting a 2.21 ERA with 38 saves last season.
Mar 14 - 5:02 PM

Francisco Rodriguez will throw his second live batting practice session on Wednesday.

Rodriguez is steadily working himself into the spring training groove, having thrown two bullpen sessions and one live batting practice session to this point. The veteran is expected to close for the Tigers in 2016. He indicated that he'll likely need five or six game appearances this spring before he's ready for Opening Day. Last season, he went 38-of-40 in save chances with the Brewers while holding down a strong 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
Mar 8 - 1:28 PM

Francisco Rodriguez arrived at Tigers camp in Lakeland, Florida on Thursday morning.

K-Rod encountered a slight delay while trying to secure a work visa in his native Venezuela, but the veteran closer is ready to rock now and should have no trouble catching up with the other relievers in Tigers camp. He probably wasn't planning on doing much early work in camp anyway. Rodriguez, 34, registered a 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season for the Brewers while nailing down 38 saves in 40 opportunities. Detroit acquired him this winter for a couple of prospects.
Feb 25 - 8:57 AM

Francisco Rodriguez is expected to arrive in Tigers' camp on Thursday.

K-Rod was delayed due to a visa issue in his native Venezuela, but it has been resolved. The 34-year-old is set to serve as Detroit's closer in 2016 after being acquired from the Brewers over the winter. He's coming of a 2.21 ERA and 61/11 K/BB ratio over 57 innings while going 38-for-40 in save chances.
Feb 24 - 10:55 AM

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Steven Moya
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Drew VerHagen
6Kyle Ryan
7Warwick Saupold