KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Will Middlebrooks will likely always remember this day, Aug. 10, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. It could be the first day of the rest of his baseball career. It could be his rebirth as a major league player.
It had better be.
Middlebrooks’s second chance started Saturday night, batting ninth. It’s a long way from where the Red Sox had projected him when the season started. He and Mike Napoli were supposed to be the two righthanded power hitters in the middle of the order. Instead, Middlebrooks, who whacked 15 homers and knocked in 54 runs while hitting .288 in 75 games during a wildly impressive rookie campaign, spiraled into a sophomore jinx he could never spin his way out of. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.