Morning sports update: Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale are impressed by Eduardo Rodriguez in spring training

Also: The Bruins make a trade, and the winning streak rolls on.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitching for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 World Series.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitching for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2018 World Series. –Jim Davis/Globe staff

The Bruins won in a shootout Wednesday night, downing the Golden Knights 3-2 to extend the team’s winning streak to seven games. David Backes scored the winner.

The Celtics face the Bucks in a major Eastern Conference matchup at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale are impressed by Eduardo Rodriguez: An encouraging piece of news out of Red Sox spring training emerged earlier this week when 26-year-old starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez took the mound for a bullpen session, followed by his throwing at live batting practice.

Rodriguez, who went 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 2018, left a positive impression on former and current Sox aces Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale.


“That was one of the most impressive BPs that you could see,” said Martinez. “No hesitation, no stopping. It was beautiful to watch.”

Sale, according to reporter Ian Browne, laughed knowingly while watching Rodriguez before the batting practice.

“Eddie, you throwing live today?” Sale asked, according to Browne. “I’m riding shotgun.”

Afterward, Martinez explained why he thinks Rodriguez could be primed for a breakout season.

“I see for the first time he is demanding more out of every pitch,” Martinez explained. “He’s asking for more and more. He’s making good quality pitches, but he wants to improve them.”

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“[Sweeney] had to surrender Donato’s booming shot and boundless promise, along with a conditional fifth-round draft pick, but he obtained a dependable, proven plug-and-play forward who finally might provide stability to what has been the club’s shaky middle six contingent of forwards.” [The Boston Globe]


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On this day: Exactly 50 years ago today, the Washington Senators named Ted Williams to be the team’s manager.

“I know two rules we’ll have on the club,” Williams told reporters. “There will be no serious card playing, and there’ll be a curfew.”

He appeared to be on the right track during his first season. Williams turned the 98-loss Senators from the previous season into a winner, going a respectable 87-75. For his efforts, Williams was named American League Manager of the Year. Things went downhill from there. The Senators lost 90 games the following season, then booked a 96-loss season in 1971. That proved the final one for the Red Sox hero in Washington. He got one more chance to manage: with the Rangers in 1972. But it lasted just one miserable season, ending with a record of 54-100.

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In 1980, Hanni Wenzel’s victory in women’s slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games made Liechtenstein the smallest country to ever win a gold medal at an Olympics.

And in 2006, Thierry Henry’s solo run through the Real Madrid defense helped Arsenal become the first English team to beat the Spanish powerhouse at the Bernabéu.

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