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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Middlebrooks tossed from PawSox game

By Joe McDonald

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- It hasn’t been a good day for Pawtucket Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

First, he was informed that he wouldn’t be promoted to Boston after the Red Sox traded infielder Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night as part of a three-team, seven-player trade. Instead, the Red Sox called up infielder Brock Holt.

Then, he went 0-for-2 for the PawSox and was ejected from the game after striking out swinging.

The game started at noon, and both Middlebrooks and shortstop Xander Bogaerts were in the lineup.

Middlebrooks was tossed in the bottom of the third inning after striking out, slamming his bat and helmet, and directing a few words at home plate umpire Joey Amaral.

Defensively, Middlebrooks started a nice 5-4-3 double play in the top of the first inning, but then made a fielding error in the top of the third. He had to range to his left on a ground ball by Norfolk’s Jonathan Schoop, but Middlebrooks couldn’t control the short hop.

Meanwhile, Bogaerts is 2-for-2 with a double and single. The Tides lead 3-0 in the fifth inning.