Anthony Ranaudo

Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Anthony Ranaudo vs. Hiroki Kuroda

September 03, 2014 - 4:50 am
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After a 9-4 win in the series opener, the Red Sox will face the Yankees on Wednesday night in the middle game of their three-game set at Yankee Stadium, with rookie Anthony Ranaudo taking the mound opposite Hiroki Kuroda. Ranaudo (3-0, 4.50 ERA) came through with a quality start his last time out, Friday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He struck out four and scattered five hits over six innings in the winning effort. Red Sox manager John Farrell said after that game that he was impressed with Ranuado, who was making just his third-ever big league start. "I thought tonight, of the three starts he's made for us, this was probably the best overall mix of three pitches that he had -- particularly a little bit more use of his changeup tonight," Farrell said after the game. "A solid night all the way around." The rookie right-hander'€™s first start this season just happened to come against the Yankees. The outing got off to an inauspicious start when he walked leadoff natter Brett Gardner to begin the first inning, but Ranaudo worked out of the jam and finished the game going six strong innings, allowing just two runs. He recorded just two strikeouts, but Ranaudo effectively pitched to contact and worked out of major jams. Outfielder Carlos Beltran seemed to be the only real thorn during Ranaudo'€™s side that evening, as the veteran outfielder clubbed both a solo home run and an RBI single during the Red Sox'€™s 4-3 victory. Other than that, Farrell said the rookie did well in his major league debut. "I thought he did a good job keeping the game under control," Farrell said after that game. "There were a number of innings where the leadoff hitter would get on base and [he] found a way to navigate through three walks to lead some innings off. I thought he threw the ball downhill well and kept the ball out of the middle of the plate for the most part." Kuroda (9-8, 3.88 ERA) has been one of the few mainstays in a depleted Yankees starting rotation. While CC Sabathia and rookie Masahiro Tanaka have dealt with injuries and have sidelined them for a better part of the season, Kuroda is on pace to throw his third consecutive 200-inning season. The 39-year-old right-hander has faced the Red Sox just once this year, earning the win on April 12. Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and was charged with four earned runs. During the 2013 campaign, Kuroda went 1-4 during his six starts against the Red Sox. David Ortiz has some impressive career numbers against Kuroda. In 24 career plate appearances, Ortiz has 11 hits, five of them being for extra bases. His .550 batting average and .900 slugging percentage are the best of any current Red Sox player. Daniel Nava also has fared well against Kuroda, with a .346 average in 26 at-bats. In his last outing, Thursday against the Tigers, Kuroda threw seven quality innings of two-run ball but did not factor into the decision. Red Sox vs. Kuroda (RHP) Dustin Pedroia (36 career plate appearances): .314 average/.333 OBP/.457 SLG, 1 home run, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Daniel Nava (31): .346/.452/.462, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (24): .550/.583/.900, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Mike Napoli (13): .250/.308/.250, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 RBI Will Middlebrooks (12): .273/.333/.273, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Yoenis Cespedes (7): .333/.429/.333, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (3): .333/.333/.333 Allen Craig (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 RBI Jemile Weeks (3): .333/.333/.333 Yankees vs. Ranaudo (RHP) Carlos Beltran (3): .1000/.1000/2.500, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 1 walk Jacoby Ellsbury (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Brett Gardner (3): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks Chase Headley (3): .000/.000/.000 Derek Jeter (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Brian McCann (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Stephen Drew is 0-for-2 in two plate appearances against Ranaudo, while Ichiro Suzuki is 1-for-2 in his two plate appearances.

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