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Eduardo Rodriguez had the chance to absorb the leadership

For the last several years, Eduardo Rodriguez had the chance to absorb the leadership and experience of fellow lefties David Price and Chris Sale. He was also able to lean on the ultimate professional in righty Rick Porcello.

But as Rodriguez comes into this season without Price or Porcello, interim manager Ron Roenicke thinks the lefty is ready to take off on his own.

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“We’re with each other every single day. We’re with each other more than with our families,” Roenicke said. “He had parts of four seasons with [Price]. He’s had all the time he’s wanted to talk to David, to talk to Chris as a left-hander and learn what to do and how to go about it.”

Rodriguez, who was Boston’s best starting pitcher last season and won 19 games, fired off two innings of live batting practice on Wednesday.

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