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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
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Francisco Rodriguez notched his 35th save with a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Twins.
It was Rodriguez's 421st career save. He'll move into fourth place on the all-time list within the next week or two, overtaking Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424). Aug 25 - 4:53 PM

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Francisco Rodriguez gave up a base hit but no runs in the ninth inning to close the door on the Rangers on Saturday.

The save was his 33rd of the season. He blew a couple save chances recently but didn't have much difficulty today. He has a 3.16 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. He ranks sixth all-time with 418 saves and shows no signs of slowing down.
Aug 13 - 11:57 PM

Francisco Rodriguez failed to close out Tuesday's 6-5, 15-inning loss to the Mariners, blowing his third save of the season by allowing two runs.

This one has to sting a little for the Tigers. They held a 4-1 lead heading into the eighth inning and blew that. Then, Victor Martinez clocked a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 15th to push his squad ahead 5-4. They blew that lead, too, courtesy of K-Rod. After inducing a Shawn O'Malley grounder to record the first out in the bottom of the frame, the veteran closer walked Nelson Cruz. That began his collapse. He would proceed to cough up back-to-back singles to Adam Lind and Kyle Seager, the latter of which tied the game at 5-5. A Justin Upton fielding error allowed both runners to move up, but they only needed Lind to score and he would do that when Rodriguez allowed a sacrifice fly to Mike Zunino. Ballgame. K-Rod has surrendered at least one run in three of his last four appearances. The recent tough stretch has nudged his ERA from 2.56 to 3.24. He has converted 32-of-35 save chances for the season as a whole.
Aug 10 - 3:33 AM

Francisco Rodriguez was unable to hold a 1-1 tie in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets, surrendering two runs in the ninth inning.

This wasn't a blown save for Rodriguez, but he took the loss nonetheless. The veteran closer entered in the ninth with the score knotted at 1-1 and immediately proceeded to plunk Alejandro De Aza. Neil Walker made him pay for that with a two-run home run. For the season, K-Rod has notched 32 saves in 34 chances while pitching to a 3.07 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. Rodriguez has pitched on three consecutive days and four of the last five, so the Tigers figure to try to give him a breather during their upcoming road series against the Mariners.
Aug 7 - 4:20 PM

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 32nd save against the Mets on Saturday with a little help from his friends, allowing three hits but no runs in a scoreless ninth inning.

Protecting a one-run lead, K-Rod got two quick outs before singles by Jay Bruce and Alejandro De Aza made things interesting. Things got a lot more interesting when Travis d'Arnaud punched a single through the right side, setting up a play at the plate. Right fielder J.D. Martinez got the better of baserunner Jay Bruce, gunning him down to end the scoring chance and the game. K-Rod's 32 saves are second-most in the American League, and he's now got a 2.66 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through 40 2/3 innings of work.
Aug 6 - 11:36 PM

Francisco Rodriguez retired all four batters he faced to record his 28th save of the season in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

The Tigers turned to K-Rod with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, and he got Mookie Betts to ground into a fielder's choice. The closer then retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the ninth. K-Rod has mostly been excellent since a couple rough outings in April.
Jul 25 - 11:40 PM

Francisco Rodriguez allowed three runs -- one earned -- in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

Rodriguez was brought in with the game tied 1-1 and got the first two outs easily, but Max Kepler slugged a go-ahead solo homer, Kennys Vargas reached on a K-Rod throwing error, and then Eddie Rosario cranked a two-run insurance blast over the right-center field wall. Rodriguez took the loss, his first of the season.
Jul 20 - 4:26 PM

Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning to nail down his 26th save of the season in Monday's win over the Twins.

K-Rod issued a one-out walk to Miguel Sano but escaped damage with the game ending on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play. The veteran closer hasn't given up a run in his last 10 appearances.
Jul 18 - 9:49 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a hit in the ninth inning but was able to shut down the Royals and notch his 25th save of the season on Friday.

He struggled in April but has been lights out ever since. He sports a 2.84 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 10 walks in 31 2/3 innings. He has a tight grip on the closer role in Detroit.
Jul 15 - 11:27 PM

Francisco Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning against the Rays on Saturday to earn his 23rd save.

K-Rod got the heart of the Rays order with a one-run lead, and he made quick work of Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Brandon Guyer to slam the door. The save was his fourth in a row and it was his sixth consecutive scoreless outing since suffering a blown save on June 13. He's now converted 23 of 25 save chances on the year, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings of work.
Jul 2 - 7:41 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Erick Aybar
3Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Casey McGehee
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Matt Boyd
6Daniel Norris
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Anibal Sanchez
8Bruce Rondon
9Kyle Ryan