Red Sox dispatch Ranaudo to Texas, acquire reliever

The Boston Red Sox traded former Portland Sea Dog right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers for left-hander Robbie Ross.

With the deal Tuesday night, Texas got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn’t sign after being picked by the Rangers out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft.

Ranaudo then went to LSU and was taken by Boston as a supplemental first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts. He was also 14-4 at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was chosen the International League’s most valuable pitcher.

Ranaudo spent parts of the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Portland, going 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 28 starts.

Ross was 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA in his 150 games the past three seasons with Texas. He started 12 times.

The Baltimore Orioles acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league left-hander Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named.

Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 140 games for the Pirates last season. He was a first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2006.

The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000. Crawford batted .246 with 10 homers and 69 RBI last season.


TAYLOR CASE: Champion middleweight Jermain Taylor, who is facing charges in two gun-related incidents, must undergo a mental evaluation, an Arkansas judge said Tuesday.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson granted a request from Taylor’s lawyers that Taylor be moved to a state hospital for a full evaluation, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening charges stemming from an August shooting of his cousin at his home in Maumelle. Taylor last week was charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor after police said he opened fire and threatened to shoot a family during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock.

“Everybody is saying this isn’t the Jermain Taylor they know,” lawyer Hubert Alexander said. “We’re trying to figure out who in the heck it is.”

Taylor is due back in court Feb. 10, and results from the mental evaluation will be presented to the court on April 27.


WORLD CUP: Alexander Khoroshilov won a night slalom by a huge margin for the first Russian World Cup victory in more than three decades.

Khoroshilov built on his commanding first-run lead to finish in a total time of 1 minute, 46.39 seconds and beat second-place Stefano Gross of Italy by 1.44.

Felix Neureuther of Germany came 1.51 behind in third and extended his lead in the discipline standings.

Overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who was fourth after the opening run, dropped to 14th after a wild second run.


MLS: The Montreal Impact traded midfielder Felipe to the New York Red Bulls for left back Ambroise Oyongo and midfielder Eric Alexander.

LEAGUE CUP: Branislav Ivanovic scored on a header from Willian’s free kick in the fourth minute of overtime, and Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 to reach England’s League Cup final on 2-1 aggregate.