7/31/2014 10:59 P.M. ET
With rotation in flux, Ranaudo called up
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- With Yoenis Cespedes putting on his Red Sox uniform for the first time and Stephen Drew showcasing his Yankee road grays on Friday night at Fenway Park, Anthony Ranaudo will take the mound in his Major League debut.
Yes, there will be a lot going on at Fenway, including the arrival of Ranaudo, who will pitch for the Red Sox for the first time on a night John Lackey had been scheduled to pitch.
Lackey was one of five players traded by Boston on Thursday.
Ranaudo, 24, was recently ranked the sixth-best Red Sox prospect in MLB.com's rankings.
With Lester and Lackey both gone, the rotation is suddenly full of young pitchers.
Ranaudo might be sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket after his debut, as Boston currently has Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Brandon Workman, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation.
The Red Sox snagged Ranaudo with the 39th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The New Jersey native grew up a Yankees fan, so perhaps it's appropriate he makes his debut against them.
In 21 starts for Pawtucket this season, Ranaudo is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA.
Sore back likely to land Victorino on disabled list
BOSTON -- Lost amid the shuffle of the four trades the Red Sox made on Thursday is that right fielder Shane Victorino is hurt again.
With several newcomers making their arrival for Friday's game against the Yankees, there's at least a chance Victorino will move back to the disabled list for the third time this season.
"He's still fighting some back stuff," said general manager Ben Cherington. "He's probably going to miss a little time."
Victorino returned on July 19, but he exited Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with discomfort.
Newcomer Yoenis Cespedes, acquired in a blockbuster for Jon Lester, will probably get a lot of action in right field while Victorino is out.
A key performer for the Red Sox last season, Victorino has played in just 30 games in 2014. He has one more year left on his contract.