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A giant step closer to Fenway

Will Middlebrooks, Boston's likely 3B of the future, is called up to Pawtucket

Updated: August 20, 2011, 2:56 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- There's a strong possibility Will Middlebrooks is the future third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, and he took another step toward that goal Friday when the organization promoted him from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 22-year-old arrived at McCoy Stadium only a few hours prior to the PawSox's game against the Columbus Clippers, and saw his name on the lineup card as Pawtucket's designated hitter and batting fifth.

The PawSox defeated the Clippers ...

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