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.

Roasted: Ortiz apparently thought Pedroia's real first name was Pee Wee

Roasted: Ortiz apparently thought Pedroia's real first name was Pee Wee

BOSTON — It took until 2015, apparently, but David Ortiz now knows Dustin Pedroia’s full name.

The couple days leading up to the jersey retirement ceremony tonight for Ortiz have been packed. Around lunch time Thursday, Ortiz had a street near Fenway Park named after him — a bridge wasn’t enough — the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension. (It’s between Brookline Avenue and Yawkey Station.) On Friday morning, he was at Logan Airport where JetBlue Gate C34 was designed with a new theme to honor Ortiz.

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Tonight's the big night, so to speak. But Thursday night will probably go down as the most entertaining.

Ortiz was roasted at House of Blues on Thursday, joined on stage by Pedroia, Rob Gronkowski and a handful of actual comedians. Bill Burr was the biggest name among the professional joke-tellers. It was a charity event to benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which helps to provide lifesaving surgeries for children.

All the comedians — Lenny Clarke, Sarah Tiana, Anthony Mackie, Josh Wolf, Adam Ray (a young man dressed up as an old Yankees fan) — ripped on everyone on stage, including Pedroia. Naturally, Pedroia was mocked for being short over and over and over.

When he took the podium, Pedroia said it was a good thing the height of the microphone was adjustable. If he had to stand on his wallet, he said, he’d be up to the roof.

Most jokes were not suitable for print or broadcast. But the story Pedroia told about being in the on-deck circle when a catcher needed a ball once was a highlight. It's from just two years ago.

“So I had already played with David for, I don’t know, nine years?” Pedroia said. “And I hit right in front of him for nine years.”

The Red Sox were playing the Indians at home. The umpire had to use the bathroom and the ball rolled near Pedroia. So the catcher said hello to Pedroia, using the second baseman’s first name.

“David walks over and goes, what the [expletive] did he call you?” Pedroia said.

“I said, ‘Dustin,’” Pedroia said. 

Ortiz was confused. “’Why’d he call you that?’” he said.

“I go, that’s my [expletive] name,” Pedroia said. “He goes, 'Oh, is that right?’

"I’m like, ‘Yeah, bro. I’ve had 1,600 games with you. They’ve actually said it 5,000 [expletive] times: now batting, No. 15, Dustin Pedroia.’”

“I thought it was Pee Wee," Ortiz went.

“This is dead serious,” Pedroia said. “Now the umpire comes back — I’m standing there, I got to hit...and I’m looking at him, ‘You thought my parents would name me [expletive] Pee Wee?’ 

“And he’s just looking at me, and we’re having a conversation. The umpire’s yelling at me, the catcher’s laughing at me because he can hear kind of what he’s saying.”

No jersey retirement speech will be that funny.