April 7, 2013

MLB: Middlebrooks belts 3 HRs in Sox win

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GOING DEEP: Boston’s Will Middlebrooks watches the flight of the ball as he hits a home run off Toronto starter R.A. Dickey during the fifth inning Sunday in Toronto. Middlebrooks was 4 for 5 with three home runs, a double, four RBIs and four runs scored.

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The five first inning runs allowed by Dickey matched the amount he gave up in the first inning in all of 2012, when he made 33 starts.

Aces were out on Sunday. AL Cy Young winner David Price also got rocked as the Rays lost to Cleveland by the same 13-0 score.

Lester (2-0) allowed five hits, all singles, in seven shutout innings.

"A lot of quality strikes," Farrell said. "He delivered the ball downhill. He carried his stuff through the full seven innings."

Lester walked none and struck out six, improving to 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA in his past nine starts at Rogers Centre.

"His performance was kind of overshadowed because we hit six home runs," Middlebrooks said. "He shut out a good hitting team. All his pitches were on and when that cutter is on, he's really dangerous."

Clayton Mortensen pitched the final two innings for Boston.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup, the third straight game he's missed with a sore right ankle. The two-time major league home run leader twisted his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning last Thursday.

NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (right heel) is set to play in extended spring training games starting Monday and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as early as Thursday, manager John Farrell said. ... Boston SS Stephen Drew (concussion) will play two more games with Double-A Portland before rejoining the team in time for Wednesday's game against Baltimore. ... Lester had to jump out of the way of Edwin Encarnacion's shattered bat in the fourth. Encarnacion grounded to short on the play. ... Toronto claimed RHP Edgar Gonzalez off waivers from Houston and transferred RHP Dustin MCGowan from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. ... The Red Sox open their home schedule at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. RHP Clay Buchholz faces Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

 

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