Texas Rangers Trade Anthony Ranaudo to Chicago White Sox

The Texas Rangers have traded righthanded pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Matt Ball, per John Blake on Twitter.

Ranaudo, 26, was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007, but the Rangers couldn't sign him.  He ended up getting drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft by the Boston Red Sox, and then was traded to Texas prior to the 2015 season for lefthanded reliever Robbie Ross.

Ranaudo made four appearances for Texas last year, putting up a 7.63 ERA in 15.1 IP, and was called up last week to be a long man.  In two appearances, Ranaudo allowed 7 runs in 3.2 IP, most notably walking 5 of the 9 batters he faced on Tuesday when he was brought into the game in relief of Derek Holland against, ironically, the same Chicago White Sox team he has now been traded to.  Ranaudo will be out of options after this season, and did not appear to have a long-term future with the Rangers, so the fact he's leaving the organization isn't exactly shocking, though the timing is a bit of a surprise.

Ryan Rua hit a three-run homer to cap a seven-run rally in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 13-11 on Tuesday night.

Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier had to leave Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning after gashing his lower lip as he went into the stands at Globe Life Park to catch a Prince Fielder popup.

"It kind of freaked me out because of the way he reacted", White Sox starter Mat Latos said. Tony Barnette came on to get the final out of the inning and was the pitcher of record when the Rangers took the lead for good in the sixth. Four Texas relievers worked 3 1/3 shutout innings and gave up only two hits.

"To keep grinding away. we never gave up", outfielder Ian Desmond said. With the tying run on in the ninth and no outs, instead of Frazier at-bat it was rookie Carlos Sanchez up there taking hacks.

Claudio allowed one run of his own when Jimmy Rollins led off the eighth with a triple and scored on Jose Abreu's sacrifice fly.

Desmond is 12 for 29 with two homers and nine RBIs in his last seven home games, and 8 for 18 with two home runs and five RBIs against the White Sox this season. He struck out nine. The ball appeared to hit Frazier's glove before popping out, and he fell face-first into the seating area while fans scattered.

It's clear the best team in the American League needs the off day and so does Todd Frazier. "I wasn't thinking about (saving the bullpen)". This is a game where you tip the cap to those guys.

"It seems like every time we got a little bit of a lead, they'd come right back and score", Sox manager Robin Ventura said after the victory. "You definitely don't want to lose a piece like him".

 

 

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