Boston's Will Middlebrooks swung the bat so well Sunday, he even got an unwanted visit from a fan who came out of the stands to congratulate...
TORONTO — Boston’s Will Middlebrooks swung the bat so well Sunday, he even got an unwanted visit from a fan who came out of the stands to congratulate him.
Middlebrooks hit three home runs, two off NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, and the Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 13-0.
“He had about 2,000 feet of homers,” said winning Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, from Puyallup, of Middlebrooks. “He obviously feels pretty good at the plate. It’s fun to watch.”
Middlebrooks went 4 for 5 with four runs batted in.
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In the bottom of the ninth, a fan jumped out of the stands and ran toward Middlebrooks at third base, his hand extended. Security tackled the fan and dragged him off the field.
“He said he was happy to meet me and then he got tackled,” Middlebrooks said.
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• First baseman Freddie Freeman was visibly upset that the Atlanta Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. “They didn’t even give me a choice,” Freeman said. “It’s my career. I should be able to make that decision.”