NEW YORK — After he helped LSU win the College World Series in 2009, Anthony Ranaudo took some time off that summer and caught a game at Yankee Stadium with his brother.
Ranaudo grew up in central New Jersey rooting for the Yankees and attended many games with his family in the Bronx. His loyalties changed when the Red Sox selected him in the 2010 draft.
Now, on Wednesday night, Ranaudo will pitch at Yankee Stadium for the first time in his career when he faces Hiroki Kuroda.
“It’s going to be fun. I can’t even describe how excited I’m going to be,” Ranaudo said on Tuesday before the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 9-4. “It’ll to be pretty interesting tonight when I put my head on that pillow and see if I can fall asleep. There’s going to be a lot of emotions. I’m going to try and take it like it’s another game and do the things that have made me successful this year.”
Ranaudo said his parents and other family and friends would be on hand.
“Hopefully a lot of them,” he said.
Ranaudo is 3-0 with a 4.50 earned run average in three starts for the Sox. The 24-year-old was the International League pitcher of the year, going 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA for Pawtucket in 24 starts.
Ranaudo faced the Yankees in his major league debut on Aug. 1 and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.
“It’s huge. It’s pretty comforting knowing I pitched against their lineup and went through it two or three times,” he said. “I just watched some film on it. I was able to be able to watch myself and watch my pitches and how guys took swings off me and how they approached me.
“I think that’s a huge thing for me. I’ve already watched the film once and I’ll probably watch it again another time. It’s good to be familiar with a lineup.”
Ranaudo is one of a large group of young starters trying to carve out a place with the Red Sox. He has made an impression on manager John Farrell.
“The one thing that has been consistent in the three outings he’s made for us is the handling of the environment, the handling of the situation and the major league setting,” Farrell said. “He’s not deviated from what’s made him successful prior to getting here.
“It’s been encouraging to see his use of his fastball. The secondary pitches clearly play off of that.”
Ranaudo had a rough start to his professional career, largely because of injuries. But he has taken big steps forward the last two seasons.
“As far as my confidence and the things I’m able to do and the comfort out there, I think I’ve definitely made some big strides,” he said.
Pedroia sits again
Dustin Pedroia missed his third game while recovering from a concussion and is unlikely to play in the series.
“Still dealing with some of the symptoms,” Farrell said.
Pedroia tried taking some swings Sunday at Tropicana Field and didn’t feel right. He’s also having problems with his sleep, which is often related to a concussion.
“We’ve got to be cautious with this and go day by day,” Farrell said.
Pedroia was injured on Saturday night when he was struck in the left side of the head by an elbow from Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe during a tag play at second base.
Castillo to Portland
After going 1 for 5 in a pair of Gulf Coast League games, Rusney Castillo will join Double A Portland Wednesday for Game 1 of its Eastern League semifinal series against Binghamton.
Castillo is expected to play at least five innings.
Castillo could stay with the Sea Dogs for at least two games. Triple A Pawtucket is playing in the International League playoffs and the outfielder could join the PawSox at some point before getting called up to the Red Sox.
The Red Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal last month. Because he has not played competitively in more than a year, the Sox are having him play in the minors to work on his timing.
Yankees make moves
With rosters expanding, the Yankees added eight players.
Catcher John Ryan Murphy and righthanders Preston Claiborne, Bryan Mitchell, and Chase Whitley were recalled from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Lefthander Rich Hill, the former Red Sox, and outfielder Chris Young were added to the active roster. Outfielder Antoan Richardson and righthander Chaz Roe were signed to major league contracts and added to the active roster.
The Yankees created four openings on the 40-man roster to accommodate all the moves. Outfielder Slade Heathcott was recalled from Double A Trenton and placed on the 60-day disabled list. Righthander Masahiro Tanaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Righthander Matt Daley was released and outfielder Zolio Almonte was designated for assignment.
Hill, a Milton, Mass., native, entered the game in the fifth inning and struck out two along with giving up a hit. He fanned David Ortiz to end the inning and leave two stranded. Roe gave up two runs in the ninth.
Uehara hit hard
In his first appearance since Aug. 26, Koji Uehara allowed a run on two hits in the ninth as Brian McCann homered. Uehara has allowed eight runs on 12 hits (two home runs) over 4⅓ innings in his last five games. Opponents are 12 of 25 . . . The Red Sox have won eight of their last 11 road games . . . Xander Bogaerts was the youngest Red Sox player with four hits since Glenn Hoffman, who also was 21, in 1980 . . . Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are the first Sox rookies to homer in the same game in the Bronx since Aug. 9, 1952 when Faye (brother of Marv) Throneberry and Dick Gernert did it . . . Will Middlebrooks was 0 for 5 and struck out looking four times . . . The Red Sox will recall righthander Brandon Workman from Pawtucket to start Thursday. Because he was last optioned Aug. 24, the Sox had to wait 10 days to recall Workman. Also called up was catcher Dan Butler . . . The Red Sox are not planning any further additions until the team returns home, Farrell said . . . David Ortiz walked in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 17 games.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.