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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Third baseman Will Middlebrooks had missed the Red Sox’ two previous games, sidelined by a hyperextended right middle finger. He was not in the original lineup Sunday morning. But, after taking some swings in the cage to test his finger, Middlebrooks felt good and a revised lineup was posted with his name on it.
But Middlebrooks lasted just two innings in the Red Sox’ 8-4 loss to the Rays Sunday afternoon. He got just one at-bat, striking out against Tampa Bay ace David Price in the second inning. He had a couple of chances in the field, charged with an error in the first.
Middlebrooks said he did not re-injure his finger; manager John Farrell took him out for precautionary reasons.