He was rolling along, throwing six innings of one-hit ball against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field May 19 before downpours held the game up for nearly three hours.
Mike Carp hit a three-run homer to back seven strong innings from John Lackey, as the Boston Red Sox took down the Cleveland Indians, 8-1, in the second test of a four-game series.
Farrell said Middlebrooks may have injured himself coming out of the batter's box in his final at-bat in Chicago on Wednesday but didn't complain before the game.
Infielder Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox hits an eighth inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 15, 2013 in St.
Jacoby Ellsbury is in the most precarious of positions. Boston's once most promising franchise player is now in a sticky situation.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, is surrounded by members of the media in the visitor's dugout before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Bottom 3d: Indians 4, Red Sox 3: With one mighty swat of his bat, Sox DH David Ortiz pulled the Sox within one run after belting a three-run homer to the bleachers in right.
THE CONTENTS : The Red Sox return home from their nine-game road trip to host the surging Indians for four games at Fenway Park.
Some Major League Baseball hitters would rather be safe than sorry in the batter's box.
When the 2012 baseball season was through, there were two players who dominated any discussion of the American League MVP Award.
By the time Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate in the sixth inning Tuesday night, his slump had deepened to 8-for-62, causing Red Sox manager John Farrell to admit to thinking about removing him from the leadoff spot.
Today's edition brings you stories on topics including the great season that David Ortiz is having, an improvement Jarrod Saltamacchia is making, and some possible Red Sox draft picks.
Until then, he will have to prove his value is not rapidly declining. To do so, he will have to show a large uptick in production while maintaining a status on the Red Sox that is more positive than detrimental.
Shane Victorino might have to go on the disabled list. He doesn't seem to have a serious injury, but he's missed time with a back injury, and now he has a hamstring issue, and it just might be in the best interests of both the Red Sox and Victorino for him to get a couple of weeks to kick back, rest up, and heal before anything else goes awry.
Even in the aftermath of a loss Tuesday night, manager John Farrell was quick to point out one of the night's positives.
Peter Gammons joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich to discuss the Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury and Terry Francona returning with his rolling Cleveland Indians.