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07/08/2010 - 8:07pm
Sox draftee Ranaudo throws six no-hit innings

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, whom the Sox selected with a supplemental first-round draft pick (No. 39 overall), threw six innings of no-hit ball for the Brewster Whitecaps on Thursday. Ranaudo permitted four walks while striking out six. 

 

Ranaudo has now thrown 23 2/3 innings in the Cape League without allowing a run. He has permitted a total of seven hits in his four starts, striking out 22 and walking seven. He is pitching for Brewster this summer in hopes of demonstrating that he is once again healthy (after having his performance impaired this season by a stress reaction in his right forearm) before he and advisor Scott Boras commence negotiations with the Red Sox.

 

Ranaudo recently had his first introduction to Sox GM Theo Epstein, following his prior appearance for Brewster last Friday. For details of that encounter,...

07/08/2010 - 6:06pm
Youkilis: Ellsbury should be with team

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis checked in with The Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss the health of his injured right ankle ("a lot better") and the fans' campaign to elect him to the All-Star squad in voting on MLB.com that ends at 4 p.m.

 

Youkilis is in a heated race with Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher in the fan voting for an All-Star spot. The Sox first baseman said that he would love to be selected for the All-Star team, but that if he is not elected, he will harbor only gratitude for the supporters who tried to get him onto the American League team.

 

"I just wanted to thank all of Red Sox Nation out there that voted," he said. "Even if I fall short, it was still fun."

 

Youkilis also discussed the resilience of the 2010 Red Sox, who have remained in the pennant race despite a rut of injuries. He also touched upon the somewhat unusual situation with...

07/08/2010 - 6:05pm
Swisher edges Youkilis in Final Vote
By: DJ Bean

Nick Swisher edged Kevin Youkilis to earn the final spot on the American League All-Star team on Thursday. Major League Baseball is saying it was the closest such vote ever.

 

Final Vote candidates for the AL included Swisher, Youkilis, Paul Konerko, Michael Young and Delmon Young. The Yankees right fielder and Red Sox first baseman swapped places in the driver's seat throughout the checkpoints of voting, which commenced following the initial roster's announcement over the weekend.

 

Swisher becomes the eighth Yankee to be named to the squad, joining pitchers Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte (the replacement for Dustin Pedroia on the roster) and infielders Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. It is Swisher's first All-Star appearance.

 

On paper, Youkilis seemed to have the edge in nearly every major offensive statistical category with the exception of average. Though...

07/08/2010 - 5:58pm
Sources: Pats present for Unga's workout

Multiple sources have told WEEI.com the Patriots were one of 20 teams in attendance today in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga. Unga, BYU’s all-time leading rusher, withdrew from the school in the spring, citing an honor code violation, and decided to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, scheduled for July 15.

The 6-foot, 237-pound Unga rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Cougars. For his collegiate career, he gained 3,455 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.

Unga remains the biggest name available in this year’s supplemental draft, an opportunity for players who missed the filing deadline for the NFL draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility (such as athletic or disciplinary matters). Teams can bid on players, and the player is awarded to the team who bids the highest pick. As a result, you lose your pick in that same round in the draft...

07/08/2010 - 5:50pm
Bowden: Bullpen a 'better opportunity'

Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Bowden appeared on the Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss his move from the rotation to the bullpen. Bowden, who threw a pair of scoreless innings of relief on Wednesday in his first relief appearance for Pawtucket, said that he views the move as one that could be good for his career, giving him an opportunity to contribute meaningfully at the big league level.

 

"I bounce back very quickly," Bowden said. "I actually think I may be more beneficial in the bullpen, being able to be used much more often. ...  I know this might be a much better opportunity for me."

 

Bowden made five relief appearances for the Sox last September. He allowed three runs in nine innings, striking out seven and walking two. Though he had been dominant of late in the Pawtucket rotation, producing a 1.77 ERA over his last seven starts, the 23-year-old welcomed the change, suggesting...

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