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Middlebrooks determined to rebound for Red Sox

After playing just one game in the World Series, Will Middlebrooks plans on snagging a starting job with the Red Sox.
After playing just one game in the World Series, Will Middlebrooks plans on snagging a starting job with the Red Sox.jim davis/globe staff

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ross arrived at the Red Sox clubhouse at 6:15 on Thursday morning. As he passed the weight room, he noticed third baseman Will Middlebrooks was already working out.

“There’s a certain mentality you want to see in a younger player,” said Ross, who judges character well after 12 seasons of catching in the majors. “Is he getting after it or just talking about getting after it? Will is definitely getting after it.”

Middlebrooks has reached a career crossroads. Is he the same promising power hitter who sparked the Red Sox as a rookie in 2012 or the easily distracted player who twice lost his job and was demoted in 2013?

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