BOS@TB: Ross catches Rodriguez off first in eighth

KANSAS CITY -- David Ross continues to make progress while working his way back from a concussion. The catcher is on track to rejoin the Red Sox around the time they open a three-game series in San Francisco on Aug. 19.

Manager John Farrell said Ross came out of a Double-A rehab game on Saturday with no complications and is scheduled to join Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Ross will be on a schedule to DH and catch every other day until he ultimately logs back-to-back games behind the plate.

"Provided that there are no unforeseen setbacks, he would be eligible when we get to San Francisco," Farrell said.

Middlebrooks gives rave review of Bogaerts

BOS@KC: Middlebrooks knocks home a pair with a single

KANSAS CITY -- It takes a ballplayer to really know one.

During his recent stint at Triple-A Pawtucket, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks had the opportunity to watch prize prospect Xander Bogaerts on a daily basis and came away convinced that Bogaerts' potential is as special as advertised.

"What an athlete he is," Middlebrooks said. "He's really young [20 years old] and really raw, but he has some of the best tools I've ever seen. Once he polishes those, he's going to be a really good ballplayer."

Asked if he considered himself to be in competition with Bogaerts for a callup to the Major League club, Middlebrooks was quick to respond.

"Not at all," Middlebrooks said. "I didn't see it as a competition at all. I was there to help him. Whatever position he plays ... he's going to be really good at it."

Workman buckles down in high-pressure spot

SEA@BOS: Workman picks up first win in Majors

KANSAS CITY -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is likely to think of right-hander Brandon Workman the next time Boston needs to defuse a big rally in the middle innings.

On Saturday, the Red Sox were in jeopardy of being bowled over by a big Royals' uprising for the second night in a row. But Workman bailed out Felix Doubront by entering the game in the fifth inning and preserving a 4-3 lead when it looked like Kansas City was poised to wipe out a four-run deficit.

The Royals had drawn within 4-2 and had runners at first and third with nobody out when Workman was summoned. Coming in with men on base was a new experience for the young right-hander.

"It's the first time I've ever done that," Workman said. "It's definitely a lot more of a high-pressure situation than being able to have my own inning. But it kind of made me a little more focused to execute my pitches a little better."

Workman wasn't perfect. He allowed an RBI single to Miguel Tejada and a double steal that put men at second and third with one out. But Workman roared back to get Mike Moustakas on a popup and Brett Hayes on a strikeout to protect the one-run lead.

"Given where we were in the game, he was the choice," Farrell said. "There was no hesitation there."

The reward for Workman was that he picked up a win. He's the first Red Sox rookie to win three straight appearances since Justin Masterson in 2008.