SEATTLE -- Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who had some issues with his left hamstring in May, had to be lifted from Sunday's game in the ninth inning after stealing second. The hamstring injury apparently is back.
Manager Bobby Valentine said his third baseman would check with the medical staff Monday before the team faces the A’s in Oakland and that his status for Monday night's game is up in the air.
Aviles recovers: Hidden in Sunday's win was the fact that Mike Aviles, who was scratched from the starting lineup with flu-like symptoms, was able to play the last couple of innings. "That was big for us because that allowed up to pinch-hit (Ryan) Kalish for (Brent) Lillibridge,’’ Valentine said. "And that double started the winning rally.’’ Kalish doubled with one out in the 10th inning and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by David Ortiz. … Starter Felix Doubront threw 103 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, leading Valentine to say that his left-hander might have been trying to experiment with too many different pitches. Not so, Doubront said. "I had a good fastball today,’’ the lefty said. "But I threw a lot of balls. That happens.’’