Friday July 09, 2010 | 06:58 AM

When the Red Sox drafted Louisiana State pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in the supplementary first round (39th overall), it looked like Boston may get a bargain. An elbow stress fracture had lessened the value of Ranaudo, who was once considered the best college pitcher in the draft.

Bargain? Did I say bargain? Did I forget to mention that Ranaudo's agent is Scott Boras.

Out to prove that Ranaudo is still one of the elite pitchers in the draft (and, conversely, should be paid accordingly), Boras has Ranaudo pitching in the Cape Cod League this summer.

Boras'' plan is working. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, Ranaudo has a 0.00 ERA in 23 2/3 innings, including six no-hit innings on Thursday.

The Sox (49-36) were off Thursday, but both the Yankees (54-31) and Rays (52-33) won, pushing Boston five games behind New York. Red Sox fans will be rooting for Jon Lester tonight in Toronto (and for Seattle's Cliff Lee against the Yankees, and Phil Hughes).

Pawtucket outfielder Ryan Kalish (.338) went 4-for-5 on Thursday. Since coming off the disabled list, Kalish is 17-for-36 (.472).

Also, outfielders Bubba Bell (.307) and Josh Reddick (.214) had two hits apiece ... starter Robert Coello gave up six runs in five innings.

Elsewhere, Portland shortstop Yamaico Navarro (.262), Salem second baseman Oscar Tejeda (.324), Greenville catcher Dan Butler (.333) and Gulf Coast League outfielder Jason Place (.214) all had two hits.

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