Rookie Anthony Ranaudo will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his third major league start Friday when the Red Sox open a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Ranaudo, who turns 25 Sept. 9, has won both his starts for the Red Sox, a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Aug. 1 and 5-4 over the Reds on Aug. 13. He's pitched six innings in each start, allowing two earned runs in his debut and four earned runs in Cincinnati. The Red Sox will have to make a roster move to make room for Ranaudo.
The right-handed Ranaudo was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the International League after going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts at Pawtucket.
He'll be opposed by Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer (8-6, 3.09 ERA), who took exception to the length of David Ortiz's home run trot when Ortiz took him deep with a three-run homer in a 3-2 Red Sox victory on July 27.