Wilson back from Pawtucket to fill Ranaudo's spot

Wilson back from Pawtucket to fill Ranaudo's spot

BOSTON -- The Red Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. They optioned right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Pawtucket following Wednesday's game at Cincinnati.

For Wilson, 27, this is his fifth stint with the Red Sox this season. He has appeared in three games for Boston, all in relief, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings for a 3.38 ERA. He was 6-1 with a 4.35 ERA and five saves in 35 relief appearances for the PawSox this year. Eight of his past 11 appearances, beginning on June 28, have been scoreless, during which time he went 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA. A second-round selection by the Red Sox in the 2009 Draft, Wilson has appeared in 29 Major League games, all since the start of last season, and is 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Ranaudo, 24, is 2-0 with Boston this season after earning the victory in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Reds. In two stints with Pawtucket, he is 13-4 with a 2.58 ERA and 104 strikeouts, compared to 50 walks, in 125 2/3 innings. He leads the International League in wins and ranks among the league leaders in ERA (second), WHIP (third, 1.18), and opponents' batting average (first, .215). Signed as a supplemental-round selection in the 2010 Draft, he is 34-18 with a 3.47 ERA and 375 strikeouts in 82 career Minor League outings, all but one of them a start.