A few Red Sox notes:
• Stephen Drew will start a rehab assignment with Double A Portland tonight when the Sea Dogs host Reading at 7 p.m. at Hadlock Field.
Drew will DH tonight, play shortstop on Friday and rejoin the Red Sox on Saturday. At least that's the plan. He has not played since June 28 because of a hamstring strain.
• Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot hold workouts today or even optional workouts. All they can do is say that the park is open for anybody who wants to come in. Presumably some players will show up.
• John Farrell sent an e-mail to season ticket holders. It said:
As we take a moment here at the All-Star Break, I wanted to send a brief note of thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm.
When I returned to Boston last fall, I knew that I was coming back to a special franchise, a special fan base, and a special city. But the experience so far has been even better than I expected, with a passion and energy in this town unlike anything else in baseball.
There’s a responsibility that comes with wearing this uniform; an electricity at this park each time we take the field. I know that our players feed off this atmosphere and take pride in the opportunity to represent Boston each day. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
We still have a long road in front of us, and a second half of baseball left before we can start talking about October. Championships aren’t won in July. But we pledge to bring it, night in and night out … to match the intensity of the crowd that makes this such a rewarding and special place to play.
Thanks again for everything you do.
Farrell is holding a conference call Q&A with season ticket holders at 6:25 p.m. today.
• Clay and Lindsay Buchholz will host the inaugural Buchholz Bowl at Lucky Strike Lanes/Jillians across from Fenway tonight.
The sold-out event includes a bowling tournament, silent and live auctions, food and beverage service. All proceeds from the event benefit the Clay Buchholz Foundation.
Local charities chosen by the foundation to benefit from the event include Christopher’s Haven, which provides comfortable, supportive living spaces for children and their families while they are going through treatment for cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital and Pitching in for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing specifically earmarked grants designed to improve the lives of children across the New England region.
“Lindsay and I are honored to be able to help children facing their incredibly tough battle with cancer. We wanted to start our foundation here in Boston because of the incredible support my family and I have received from this community. We are overwhelmed by the support for our first event,” Buchholz said.
Teammates scheduled to join Buchholz to date include Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Ryan Dempster, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Lavarnway, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, Daniel Nava, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Brandon Snyder.
Shawn Thornton, Pedro Martinez, Jim Rice and Jason Varitek are also scheduled to participate.