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Will Middlebrooks learned while hurt

Broken wrist gave promising Red Sox third baseman different perspective

Updated: November 4, 2012, 9:19 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The type of person he is, David Ortiz probably would have made good on his offer to Will Middlebrooks anyway. But now that Ortiz has signed a two-year, $26 million contract extension to remain with the Red Sox, it's a lock that Middlebrooks will give Ortiz's cellphone number a workout.

"It's unfortunate that David was hurt," Middlebrooks said, "but I was able to sit next to him and discuss things with him, discuss hitting. He's very open. He wants to do nothing but help young ...

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