Boston Red Sox to start lefty Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 3 of ALCS

BOSTON -- Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Boston manager Alex Cora said, leaving righty Nick Pivetta available for Game 4 -- or the bullpen, if necessary.

Cora revealed his decision Sunday after a bit of intrigue: When the team's availability was announced at around 2:30 p.m., the 4 p.m. interviewee was identified as "Game 3 starter.''

The Astros will go with righty Jose Urquidy on Monday night.

Rodriguez was 13-8 with a 4.74 ERA this season after missing all of last year because of coronavirus-related heart disease. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this postseason, with two starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in the division series; he allowed two runs while getting five outs in Game 1, then pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits in Boston's Game 4 clincher.

Rodriguez faced the Astros twice during the regular season, allowing a .351 batting average and six runs per game.