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For the second straight night Will Middlebrooks was out of the Red Sox lineup. And it was understandable because Max Scherzer, a tough righthander who is 10-0, was pitching for the Tigers. And when you’re already hitting .192, why take another 0 for 4 and dip the average even lower?
Maybe Middlebrooks wants everything to get back to normal where he’s hitting fifth and clobbering home runs, which is what the Red Sox thought they had after a fruitful rookie season before he injured his wrist, but that’s not what has transpired. Except for one very memorable day April 7 when he clubbed three homers against Toronto, not much else has gone right and you wonder if the Sox will send him to the minors.