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Red Sox Notebook: Eduardo Rodriguez turns to Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale to improve a pitch

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have long gushed about Eduardo Rodriguez's repertoire and the raw stuff he's capable of throwing.

This spring, Rodriguez has been working to improve his slider, which had been an average pitch for him in the past, but with the help of Pedro Martinez and  Chris Sale, is getting much better.

"Stuff-wise, he's unbelievable,'' said Alex Cora. "The slider was kind of in-between a slider and cutter, but now, it's a real slider.''

Said Rodriguez: "If it works, I'll throw it. I'm just waiting. This is the best time to start working on that pitch. It's spring training and it doesn't hurt your numbers on the back of the card. So, it's something to start working on. I'll throw it in games and if it works, I'll (use it) in the season.''

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Joe Torre, the chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, visited camp and met briefly with Cora and Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to explain some rule changes, including the proposed 20-second pitch clock that will be implemented.