Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Ranaudo hopes for repeat performance
By Ryan Clark, Special to ESPNBoston.com
CINCINNATI -- Anthony Ranaudo is looking to repeat.
That is, he’s looking for a repeat performance Wednesday in Cincinnati as the Boston right-hander makes the second start of his major league career against the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
In his first career start on Aug. 1, the 24-year-old earned a victory over the Yankees at Fenway, giving up two runs on four hits over six innings.
Ranaudo returns to the rotation Wednesday in place of the struggling Brandon Workman, who has experienced a decrease in velocity on his fastball and will get some much-needed rest, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
“Whether or not it’s the cumulative effect of pitching two extra months last year, pitching late into October, that comes up into discussion,” Farrell said. “You don’t fully know the carryover effect, but where Brandon’s at, we just felt it’s best for him to give him a few extra days this time through the rotation.”
• Apparently a 19-inning game can have quite an effect on a team. Farrell and the Red Sox have again shuffled their lineup due to weariness from last Saturday’s marathon 5-4 defeat at Anaheim. Wednesday, second baseman Dustin Pedroia will earn a rest, something that is much deserved, Farrell said.
“He understood [the decision],” Farrell said. “I think that 19-inning game took a lot out of every one of our position players -- those guys who went wire to wire. This will be a good day for him to recuperate a little bit.”
• Even after various Red Sox trades this year have acquired new outfielders, one name keeps producing: Daniel Nava. And in a seemingly crowded position, Farrell said Nava needs to play.
“He’s a pretty darn dependable left-handed hitting outfielder and we view him as that. We value him,” Farrell said. “There’s nothing that’s indicating his time here is changing as we go forward.”
Nava is 21 for 71 (.296 average) in his last 21 games, with six of those being multi-hit games.
• David Ortiz, who is also out of the lineup Wednesday, was lauded (kind of) for his defensive skills. Much was made of Ortiz running down (but ultimately losing) a foul ball into the stands Tuesday.
“Without consistent games played there he does a very good job,” Farrell said. “I think sometimes he’s viewed only as a hitter, and then all of the sudden he’s there in the field. [People think] he’s only there because you have to keep his bat in the lineup. But he’s played flawless -- the play has been very consistent, and it’s more than adequate.”
• After pitcher Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox hurler to steal a base since 1969 on Tuesday night, Farrell was asked if he planned to use Kelly’s speed on the basepaths in the future.
“Kelly spent two and a half months on the DL with an injured hamstring,” the skipper said, laughing. “We’re going to stay away from that.”