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Dereck Rodriguez, the rookie who earned the decision in Wednesday’s 5-4, 13-inning victory against the Cubs, is that rare pitcher who can understand intimately how hard it must have been for Buster Posey to catch 13 innings with a hip injury, then whack the winning single off the wall in his seventh at-bat.

Rodriguez’s father, Ivan, had to play through dozens of bumps, bruises and tears during a 21-year major-league career.

“Catchers are a whole different breed,” Rodriguez said after the Giants rewarded themselves for a 4½-hour game with a series victory against the one of the National League’s standard-bearers.

“They get banged up and go on like it’s nothing. …continue reading here…