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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.