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Red Sox | Will Middlebrooks shaking slump?

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (ribs) had a double and a home run Wednesday, May 15, and although he said he's still having trouble catching his breath and sleeping on his right side, it appears as though he's coming out of a slump that had his average at .200 and his on-base percentage sitting at .231. "Whether it coincides with the collision, and I mean that with all sincerity, he's not pulling off the ball as much," manager John Farrell said. "He's staying to the middle of the field, and that's when his power really shows and the bat stays in the zone longer."

Fantasy Tip: Middlebrooks has realistic 30-homer power at the hot corner, but his streakiness can become a problem for his fantasy baseball owners. He's typically been a slow starter in the minors, too, so keep that in mind. Middlebrooks' average was added by a fortunate hit rate last year, so don't expect him to repeat that.

2013-05-16 15:19:06 | Source: Boston Herald - Scott Lauber

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