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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 pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays on Thursday to earn his 22nd save.
K-Rod almost certainly didn't expect to be pitching the ninth inning when the Tigers entered the inning down 7-2, but eight runs later he was called on to protect a three-run lead. He did so by allowing a solitary hit but no further damage. He's now got 22 saves in 24 chances to go with a 3.14 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/10 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings of work this year. Jul 1 - 12:43 AM

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Francisco Rodriguez nailed down his 21st save of the season with a scoreless frame in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

K-Rod yielded a two-out walk to Derek Dietrich but got a flyout to end it and preserve the three-run lead. The veteran closer has converted 19-of-21 save chances this season and has been excellent since the beginning of May.
Jun 28 - 11:13 PM

Francisco Rodriguez blew his second save of the season Monday, allowing two runs in an extra-innings loss to the White Sox.

K-Rod was unable to protect a two-run lead, permitting a pair of two-out RBI singles in the ninth. The closer had allowed just one baserunner and no hits over his last five appearances prior to Monday.
Jun 14 - 12:59 AM

Francisco Rodriguez entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a 6-1 game, but enticed Chase Headley to ground out to end the game and notch his 18th save on Saturday.

It is not often you see a save awarded with a five run victory margin. The tying run was in the on-deck circle when Rodriguez entered the game, so he gets credited with the save. He struggled for awhile early in the season but has since rewarded the Tigers for sticking with him as their ninth inning specialist.
Jun 11 - 11:14 PM

Francisco Rodriguez nailed down his 16th save of the season Saturday against the White Sox.

It also goes down as the 402nd save of his career, and it probably ranks as one of his easiest. K-Rod was called on in the top of the ninth after Mark Lowe had allowed a two-run double and promptly induced a foul pop-out from Tyler Saladino, preserving the Tigers' 7-4 lead. The veteran closer has a 3.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 19/7 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season. He is 16-for-17 in save opportunities.
Jun 4 - 7:40 PM

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

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

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C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Warwick Saupold
8Anibal Sanchez
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon
11Dustin Molleken