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    The sooner that the shock of being back in the minors wears off for Middlebrooks, the sooner he can go about the task at hand.

     
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    Of course, staying away from specific timetables, which arguably was Bard’s downfall during last summer’s longer-that-expected stay with the PawSox, is also for the best.

     
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    “When the time’s right, I’ll be back."

     
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    " I can’t put a time limit, and neither can (the Red Sox),” Middlebrooks said.

     
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     “They made it clear that they weren’t worried about results."

     
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    "I think results come with playing well and doing things right."

     
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    “I know that this isn’t going to last."

     
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    "This isn’t forever,” Middlebrooks continued.

     
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    “I don't plan on being down here very long."

     
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    "That's not my plan, but a lot of it is out of my hands,” said Middlebrooks.

     
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    “I want to play well and show them what they want to see.”

     
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    Xander Bogaerts has been named to the All-Star Futures Game for the second straight year.

     
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    “Anytime you get selected to something, it’s definitely an honor."

     
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    "We’re just going to have fun and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said the shortstop.

     
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    This year’s Futures Game will take place Sunday, July 14 at New York’s Citi Field.

     
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    Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.

     
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    This particular day was different

     
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    Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but – as an added bonus – he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.

     
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    Bogaerts would tap out so that Will Middlebrooks could tend to his work.

     
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    The scene had a student-teacher vibe to it, with the latter passing along tips to the former that focused on the importance of reading angles off the bat, setting his feet and when it’s appropriate to deploy the glove.

     
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    “It’s a lot more effective if a teammate is helping you, especially when that teammate is of Will’s stature,” noted Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina.

     
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    “I was glad Will came over and took groundballs with him.”

     
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    Middlebrooks echoed DiSarcina’s sentiments before getting into the specifics he covered with Bogaerts.

     
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    “He’s a shortstop and he’s trying to learn,” said Middlebrooks.

     
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    "As a shortstop, you go straight at balls."

     
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