Ranaudo goes three scoreless in winter-ball debut

840311.jpg

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.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

bruins-zane-mcintyre.jpg

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.