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Red Sox activate shortstop Xander Bogaerts from seven-day concussion DL

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BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today activated shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the seven-day concussion disabled list. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo was optioned to Single-A Greenville. Bogaerts is starting at shortstop in tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Executive Vice President/General Manager made the announcement.

Bogaerts, 21, was placed on the disabled list on August 25 (retroactive to August 23). He was removed from the game against the Mariners at Fenway Park on August 22 after being hit in the head by a pitch from Seattle's Felix Hernandez. In 118 games for the Red Sox this season, the right-handed batter has hit .223 (97-for-435) with 22 doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 30 RBI, 37 walks, and 47 runs scored. Entering play today, he ranked among American League rookie leaders in games played (3rd), extra-base hits (3rd, 31), doubles (T-3rd), walks (4th), hits (4th), and runs scored (4th). Defensively, he has played 73 games for Boston at shortstop and 44 at third base. Bogaerts entered 2014, his first full big league season, rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America.

Ranaudo, 24, earned the win last night, allowing three runs in a 6.0-inning start after being recalled prior to game time. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA (9 ER/18.0 IP) and seven strikeouts in three career big league starts, all this month, spanning three different major league stints with the Red Sox. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was named the International League's Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the IL's year-end All-Star team. In 138.0 innings with the PawSox, he has fanned 111 batters compared to just 112 hits and 54 walks allowed. Signed as a supplemental round selection in the 2010 June Draft, he is 35-18 with a 3.46 ERA (170 ER/442.2 IP) and 382 strikeouts in 84 career minor league outings, including 83 starts.

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