Middlebrooks Leading by Example in the Red Sox Clubhouse

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Middlebrooks Leading by Example in the Red Sox Clubhouse
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The Red Sox were still aligned down the first-base line, awaiting the ceremonial first pitches from Monday's heroes on Opening Day. Three players broke out of the line to catch those pitches: David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks. Ortiz and Pedroia were obvious choices. But it was noteworthy that Middlebrooks earned the third place behind the plate, over a more established Red Sox veteran like Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz.

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