Sunday July 21, 2013 | 06:05 AM

He is a lefty with stuff. That alone makes Drake Britton an attractive pitcher. Britton, who began the season in Portland, made his major league debut Saturday in a 5-2 loss to the Yankees. He got Ichiro to pop up, and Robinson Cano to fly out to center.

Britton, in his second year on the Red Sox 40-man roster, may become a surprise option in the bullpen this season, despite his inexperience ... And he could be a real part of Boston's future.

Or maybe Britton becomes a desirable trade chip. The Red Sox have lost a lot of experienced arms recently. They also have a lot of pitching prospects.

A lefty with stuff looks good in the Boston bullpen ... But do the Red Sox want more experience in that pen as the division races heat up? The Brewers' Francisco Rodriguez (1.14 ERA 10-of-10 in save chances) looks good right now. But Boston won't be the only team interested.

The next 10 days will be interesting.

See more on Britton and other notes in today's column. For our take on Saturday's loss, there is the game story.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had himself a night for Pawtucket, coming a single short of hitting for the cycle. Bradley (.295) had a double, triple and his eighth home run, along with four RBI ... Will Middlebrooks (.250) was 0-for-5 ... Newly-signed Brandon Lyon got the save with 1 1/3 efficient innings (15 pitches/10 strikes), allowing one hit.

Matt Barnes had his finest (and longest) start for the Portland Sea Dogs: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K. Barnes (4.75 ERA) had not gone six innings since May 28.



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