Although he is currently splitting time with veteran Kevin Youkilis at the hot corner, the 23-year-old has been making the most of his chances.
Thursday night, Middlebrooks drove in four runs, including two in the eighth inning with his eighth home run of the season to tie the game at five. Two batters later, Daniel Nava singled in Ryan Kalish to put Boston up for good in the 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins.
“It feels awesome,” Middlebrooks said after the game. “If I can help us win at any point in time, I’m happy.”
“The guy had a good split finger,” he said of Miami’s Edward Mujica, who he took deep for the game-tying blast into the center field bleachers. “I was just really trying to fight him off so I could get a good fastball to hit.”
Middlebrooks is now hitting .316 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 38 games, sharing time with Youkilis since the veteran’s return from the disabled list on May 22 "
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