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Red Sox’ Will Middlebrooks gets a day off

Third baseman clears his head

CLEVELAND — Will Middlebrooks doubled and hit three no-doubt home runs against the Blue Jays on April 7. In the eight games that followed, the Red Sox third baseman was 2 for 30 with one RBI.

Manager John Farrell decided on Thursday to give Middlebrooks a day off after watching him go 0 for 5 with two strikeouts on Wednesday. Pedro Ciriaco started at third base.

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