Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/26/12
The Houston Astros don't mind having to move up Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation, especially given how well he's pitched of late. Rodriguez - nor the Astros - have been as good when visiting the Cincinnati Reds in recent seasons, though. Houston looks to avoid a fifth loss in the last six games at Great American Ball Park when it begins a three-game series with Cincinnati on Friday night. With Kyle Weiland experiencing shoulder soreness, manager Brad Mills decided to insert Rodriguez (1-2, 1.42 ERA) in his place. Rodriguez allowed three hits and struck out six in seven innings of a 12-0 win over Los Angeles on Sunday. The left-hander gave up one run and five hits in seven innings in his previous start April 17, a 1-0 loss to Washington. "Wandy continues to throw the ball well, and we need it, especially from where he is in the rotation," Mills told the team's official website. "He's a guy that's going to give us a quality start and a chance to pitch deep into games. He's thrown ...
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