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Red Sox counting on rookie relievers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Saturday night, Red Sox manager John Farrell put rookie righthander Brandon Workman into a pressure situation in the fifth inning against the Royals, asking him to protect a two-run lead with two runners on base and no outs.

On Sunday afternoon, rookie lefthander Drake Britton was tossed into a tough spot. He came out of the bullpen in the eighth inning to face the heart of the Kansas City order with the Sox down by a run.

Both did their jobs. Workman allowed one of the inherited runners to score but ended the inning with the Sox still ahead. Britton loaded the bases but escaped the jam.

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