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Dodgers send Paco Rodriguez back down, activate Josh Beckett
Dodgers send Paco Rodriguez back down, activate Josh Beckett

That was brief, if at least encouraging. The Dodgers activated Josh Beckett prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, and to make room on their 25-man roster, sent left-hander Paco Rodriguez back to triple-A Albuquerque. Rodriguez was called up after the All-Star break and appeared in two games over the weekend in St. Louis, retiring the only four Cardinals he faced. Last year that would have almost been expected, Rodriguez posting a splendid 1.85 ERA in his first 65 games. But the Dodgers clearly overworked their young (22 last season) star and he had a 6.35 ERA in his last 11 games and was left off their playoff roster. This season he continued to have rough spots in the...

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