Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/3/12
Will Middlebrooks stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat in the second inning Wednesday night. He never swung the bat. Middlebrooks drew a walk, then stole a bases, and later collected two hits in a memorable debut for the Boston Red Sox. All that was missing was a victory. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Oakland Athletics, but their top prospect proved impressive in his first game. "He was just composed," left fielder Cody Ross said. "He came up here, and it felt like he belonged, and he swung it like he belonged. I'm just happy for him. I love seeing that from young guys." With Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list due to a lower back injury and the Red Sox in need of a third baseman, Middlebrooks, 23, received the call and jumped right into the No. 8 spot in the order. "To see where he came from as a high school kid and a kid who was actually more of a football player in high school -- hadn't played a lot of baseball until now -- it's an exciting day for him, ...
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