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Ranaudo to Get His First Taste of the Bigs

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Anthony Ranaudo, seen here during Spring Training, will make his major league debut tonight as he gets the star against the Yankees. Jeff Roberson/AP

After four major deals on the day of the non-waiver trade deadline, and several players being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox' active roster looks very different than it did the last time they took the field at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

With Friday's originally scheduled starter John Lackey currently being fitted for his St. Louis Cardinals uniform, the Red Sox called up Anthony Ranaudo to make his major league debut and start their game against the New York Yankees.

Ranaudo has long been viewed as one of the Sox' most promising prospects, entering the 2014 season ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the team’s system. He has been the ace of the PawSox pitching staff this season, leading the team with a 12-4 record and also leading the rotation with a 2.41 ERA in 21 starts. Only he and Allen Webster have made over 20 starts for the PawSox this season.

The Sox originally drafted Ranaudo 39th overall in the 2010 draft. After a injury-plagued 2012 campaign, he flourished as a member of the Portland Sea Dogs in 2013, going 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts before being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, finishing the year going 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six appearances for the PawSox, five of them starts.

He was selected as a participant for Team USA in the 2013 Futures Game at the All-Star festivities in New York. Ranaudo was named a midseason International League All-Star this year to go along with his midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star selections in 2013, while also being named the 2013 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.

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