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Workman sharp in debut against Northeastern

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Brandon Workman, who developed into a key bullpen contributor for the Red Sox in 2013, fired two shutout innings in Thursday's start against Northeastern.

Even though the Red Sox felt confident enough to use him in the clinching games of both the American League Championship Series and World Series, they could be hard-pressed to find a roster spot for him coming out of camp.

The rotation is full, and the bullpen has numerous options.

"Yeah, we have a lot of great players on this team obviously, in the rotation and the bullpen," said Workman. "It's definitely a tough team to make, but I've just got to keep taking care of my business and going out and throwing the ball as well as I can every day."

The beauty of Workman is that he's proven to the Red Sox that he can succeed as a starter or reliever. He will get stretched out during camp.

"The preparation is a little bit different but on the mound I feel it's very similar," Workman said. "It's still about attacking hitters, getting ahead in counts and then executing pitches late in the count."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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