Monday July 15, 2013 | 06:31 AM

Stephen Drew will make his second rehab appearance at Hadlock Field Thursday and Friday, when the Sea Dogs return from a long road trip. According to media reports, Drew will DH on Thursday and play shortstop on Friday.

While Drew is going from the majors to the Sea Dogs (for a brief stay), Brandon Workman and Drake Britton are gone from beginning the year at Hadlock to reaching the big league. Britton was called up on Sunday.

Workman was called-up earlier and made his first major league start Sunday. Almost a perfect day for the right-hander. Carried a no-hitter into the seventh. Broken up by Coco Crisp's infield single. Then the 2-0 lead vanished with Josh Donaldson's two-run homer. No decision in an extra-inning loss.

Still, a great starting debut: 6 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Guess we know who Boston's fifth starter is until Clay Buchholz comes back.

Workman's worth was noticed back in spring training. See our story.

And while we're plugging stories, hope you saw Sunday's column on the Red Sox prospects and their future with Boston.

With the Red Sox loss, the AL East race tightened a little before the All-Star break.

Red Sox 58-39
Rays 55-41 (2.5 games back)
Orioles 53-43 (4.5)
Yankees 51-44 (6)
Jays 45-49 (11.5)

The Futures Game took place Sunday and Xander Bogaert's was in fine form: 2-for-3 with a walk. He may be the next Hadlock-to-Fenway story this season.

And there's room on the Red Sox 40-man roster with Alfredo Aceves being outrighted to Pawtucket (meaning he was put on waivers and no one wanted him).

Also in the Futures Game, Garin Cecchini was 1-for-2 with an RBI double ... Anthony Ranaudo pitched only 2/3 of an inning: 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 K.

Will Middlebrooks hit his seventh Triple-A HR in 24 games for Pawtucket. He went 1-for-4 and is batting .255 ... Alex Hassan was 0-for-2 but with two walks. In 26 games, Hassan is batting .329 with a .441 on-base percentage.

Matt Barnes continues to struggle keeping his pitch count down. He needed 82 pitches to finish three innings for Portland: 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K. He is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA.




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