Found September 10, 2013 on RedSoxLife:
Sam Galanis Contributing Writer Will Middlebrooks has proved that his time in Pawtucket was a wake-up call. Before, he was underperforming, possibly thinking that he was secure in his second year on the third base job. Now, he’s come back in full force. Middlebrooks’s short tenure on the Red Sox so far has been somewhat stormy. Some fans were reluctant to accept his promotion to starting third baseman over Kevin Youkilis, an appointment made by the much-reviled Bobby Valentine. He did well in his rookie season, but cut it short after breaking a bone in his hand. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Then, this April, he seemed primed for another great season. He was batting .320 in the first week with four home runs already, thanks to a spectacular three-home run game. But that one week was all the Sox really got out of him, with his average reaching the depths of the high .100s before he got sent down to Triple-A. Thankfully, Middlebrooks has made unbelievable improvements c...
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