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Boston Red Sox To Start Brian Johnson Against Jays With E-Rod On Paternity Leave

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Boston Red Sox To Start Brian Johnson Against Toronto Blue Jays With Eduardo Rodriguez On Paternity Leave

The Boston Red Sox will have to resort to using a different pitcher to open up their series on the road against Toronto with scheduled starter Eduardo Rodriguez unable to make his start due to paternity leave.

With the birth of his second child, Rodriguez is headed to the paternity list, which means he must miss at least one game, but no more than three games. With E-rod going on the paternity list on Sunday the Sox had to make several moves to fill up their roster.

The first one came in the form of recalling reliever Ben Taylor who came up on Marathon Monday for one game and ended up pitching 1/3 of an inning in the seventh giving up a hit to Steven Souza Jr. which made it a 4-3 game before Taylor was able to get Logan Morrison to fly out to end the seventh.

With Taylor getting sent back to AAA-Pawtucket after Monday’s game the Red Sox recalled starting pitcher Brian Johnson who is slated to take Rodriguez’s start against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Johnson has allowed just two runs over 10 2/3 innings in his first two starts with Triple-A Pawtucket. His first outing was interrupted when he was struck with a line drive in the back of the head. But the lefty made his next start on schedule, giving up a run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings against Syracuse.

Rodriguez has a 5.23 ERA in his two starts, allowing three runs (2 earned) over 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against Tampa.

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