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Red Sox still need a starter for Sunday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 11, 2013 01:48 PM

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SEATTLE Greetings from Seattle, where it's 61 degrees on July 11. It's actually refreshing.

It was a quiet morning for the Red Sox unless you count Jarrod Saltalamacchia hooking up his iPad to the clubhouse stereo and playing a bunch of Notorious B.I.G. songs.

As for the notes:

The Red Sox have not named a starter for Sunday. The candidates are Steven Wright, Brandon Workman and lefty Drake Britton, who would be on turn at Pawtucket.

Britton is 7-7, 3.77 in 18 appearances for Portland and Pawtucket this season. His Triple A debut did not go well (5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER).

Clay Buchholz will throw in the bullpen in Oakland on Friday and remains lined up for a minor league rehab start on Sunday. John Farrell said no location has been determined.

Buchholz would throw 45-50 pitches in that game. He would need at least two minor league starts before rejoining the major league rotation.

It's just a day off for Mike Napoli, Farrell said. Worth noting, however: Napoli played in 63 of the first 64 games and started 62 of them. Today would be the ninth time in 30 games he is out of the lineup.

The final spot on the All-Star Game rosters will be announced this afternoon. Koji Uehara is a candidate for the AL squad.

The deadline to sign draft picks is Friday. The highest pick the Red Sox have not signed is fourth-rounder Myles Smith, a righthanded pitcher.

The Red Sox are contemplating having Stephen Drew go on a rehab assignment this weekend. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday. Farrell said he intends to play Drew at shortstop and return Jose Iglesias to third base once Drew is activated.

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