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Anthony Ranaudo improving for Red Sox

PORTLAND, Maine — It was just last July when Anthony Ranaudo was dragging himself through seven innings against the Trenton Thunder. It was the last start of a short season that had been so torn apart by injuries it seemed unsalvageable, and the radar gun seemed to be telling the Portland Sea Dogs righthander one lie after another.

“86,” it said.

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