Ranaudo goes three scoreless in winter-ball debut

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Ranaudo goes three scoreless in winter-ball debut

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo got off to a good start in his Puerto Rican league debut Thursday. Starting the season opener  for Criollos de Caguas, Ranaudo went three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits, with a walk and three strikeouts against Manati. Ranaudo was not involved in the decision, as Caguas won, 3-2.
 
Ranaudo, the Red Sox third pick in the first round pick (39th overall) out of Louisiana State in 2010, went through  what he called a frustrating 2012 season.  A groin injury in spring training delayed the start of his season until May 15, making his Double-A debut with Portland. But after just nine starts he was shut down for the season with a shoulder injury, making his final start of the season on July 3.  He ended the season with a record of 1-3 and a 6.69 ERA.
 
Originally, Ranaudo, who turned 23 in September, was going to be shut down for the season. But, after pitching in the Instructional League in September, his shoulder responded so well, the Sox decided to find a winter ball placement for him. He said earlier this week he is looking for a good showing in Puerto Rico to end 2012 on a positive note.
 
Ivan De Jesus, whom the Sox acquired in the August blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, started at second base for Manati Thursday night, going 1-for-5.  De Jesus  appeared in eight games for the Sox this season, going 0-for-8 with six strikeouts. He appeared in five games at second base, and one each at shortstop and third, committing one error. De Jesus, 25, was a second-round pick (51st overall) of the Dodgers in 2005.

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