Thursday June 28, 2012 | 06:59 AM

Anthony Ranaudo made his Double-A debut on May 15 after an extended stay in Fort Myers, due to a strained groin muscle.

Ranaudo gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings that night at the Reading Phillies.

The sluggish outing could have been blamed on rust.

In his next start at New Hampshire, Ranaudo went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, five runs and five walks.

After seven starts, Ranaudo is 1-2, with a 6.67 ERA. He has had one start where he has allowed less than three walks. And in his past two starts, Ranaudo has gone three and two innings.

Plenty of pitchers have struggled when they first arrive in Double-A, but Ranaudo's struggles are magnified because of his elite prospect status. He was considered the best pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization.

Still only 22, Ranaudo certainly has plenty of time to turn things around.

He starts tonight for the Sea Dogs at 7 p.m. at Hadlock Field, getting his second chance against New Hampshire.


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