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Will Middlebrooks fights frustration

Sophomore season hasn't gone well, but he's pushing on, waiting for call

Updated: July 31, 2013, 10:50 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Boston Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrooks is learning more this season at the minor league level than he did when he was enjoying tremendous success while with the big club in 2012.

His sophomore season in the majors wasn't supposed to play out in this fashion. The 24-year-old third baseman shouldn't have had to worry about whether the Red Sox would deal him at the trade deadline. He's learning that a brief stint of success in the big leagues doesn't earn you anything.

Instead, ...

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