Francisco Rodriguez was released Friday by the Detroit Tigers, one day after the 35-year-old reliever allowed a grand slam to Robinson Cano in his latest rough outing. Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers in 2016, but he is 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA this year. Detroit removed him from the closer role earlier this season, and now the right-hander's career is at another crossroads. Rodriguez is fourth on the career list with 437 saves and set the single-season record of 62 in 2008, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels. His future was in question after a shaky season in 2012 with Milwaukee, but he was able to rebound, reinventing himself by relying on his changeup. The Tigers traded for Rodriguez
The Boston Red Sox, who are currently tied with the New York Yankees atop the AL East standings, have done what you do when your fantasy baseball team needs some help: They hit the waiver wire. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski dug into his past a little bit and found two players who served him well when he was with the Detroit Tigers. Now he’s hopeful they can make some meaningful contributions to a Red Sox team that has underachieved this season considering its World Series pedigree.
Picked-up pieces while wondering if there’s anything else we can do to honor David Ortiz . . . ■ Could the Celtics have made potential “fireworks” any more boring? zzz. There HAS to be more. Sorry, I would have done a deal on draft night. I would have kept the No. 1 pick and overpaid the Knicks with all those overrated “assets.” I would have done handstands to bring Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. Or Jimmy Butler. The Celtics need adults, people who have proven they can play in the league. Best of luck to Jayson Tatum, but I’ve got no time for teen angels on training wheels on the parquet floor. The Timberwolves did what the Celtics should have done. They acquired Butler. They already have Karl-Anthony