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Rangers notes: Anthony Ranaudo will start Wednesday

Anthony Ranaudo will pitch Wednesday in Derek Holland’s spot. Ranaudo threw five scoreless innings in a triple A start.
Anthony Ranaudo will pitch Wednesday in Derek Holland’s spot. Ranaudo threw five scoreless innings in a triple A start. AP

Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo got the call-up from Triple A Round Rock to start Wednesday against the Angels. The 25-year-old will be filling in for Derek Holland, who was sent to the 60-day disabled list after injuring his shoulder in Friday’s home opener.

“We had a need, and [Ranaudo] was available,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said before Tuesday’s game.

Holland’s spot in the rotation appears to be up for grabs beyond Wednesday.

“He’s going to start [Wednesday],” Banister said. “We’ll reassess moving forward.”

Ranaudo was scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Round Rock at Colorado Springs, so it won’t be too much of a change in his routine. The Rangers notified him of the move late Monday, and he flew into town Tuesday morning. Ranaudo, who was one of the last players sent down during spring training, threw five scoreless innings against Oklahoma City last Thursday, striking out six. He said Tuesday that he feels more in control.

“I’m throwing a lot more strikes down in the zone,” he said. “I think that comes with time in spring training and everything. That’s the way it always goes for me. Toward the end of spring training, I start getting a little bit better and everything.”

The LSU product spent time between Boston and the minors last year, making seven starts for the Red Sox (4-3, 4.81 ERA). He went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts at Triple A Pawtucket.

Odd infield fly

Texas induced a rare line-drive infield fly rule in the first inning Tuesday. With one out and runners on first and second, Angels left fielder Matt Joyce lined a pitch right at shortstop Elvis Andrus. Instead of making the easy catch, Andrus dropped it intentionally with the hopes of rolling an easy inning-ending double play. The umpire didn’t buy it, though, calling Joyce out and keeping Albert Pujols and Mike Trout safely on base.

Light crowds

The Rangers hit a five-year low for attendance on Monday, with 18,401 fans filing into Globe Life Park. Tuesday’s attendance was up a bit, to 21,805, but both days’ turnout was under last year’s season low of 23,081. The low turnout doesn’t worry Banister, who pointed to the so-so weather and school still being in session. The crowds will come if the wins do, he said.

“Obviously, you’d love to play well enough that everybody wants to come to the ballpark and everybody wants to be here,” Banister said. “Creating an environment by the way your ballclub plays, that your fan base can recognize with and identify with, is extremely important.”

Briefly

▪ Texas hosted Autism Awareness Night on Tuesday. April is National Autism Awareness Month.

▪ Wednesday will be Jackie Robinson Day across the majors. All managers, coaches and players will wear Robinson’s No. 42, which MLB retired in 1997.

▪ Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel attended Tuesday’s game.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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