Will Middlebrooks has been locked in this spring

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Will Middlebrooks. Aptly named. Always in the middle of things. Sometimes through no fault of his own.

When Bobby Valentine first went off the rails in the train wreck of 2012, it started with a remark blurted to Middlebooks. Something along the lines of, “Nice inning, Will,’’ after the kid had a bad time of it at third base. Middlebrooks never complained, but it became a Fenway firestorm.

The “tangled up in red, white, and blue” play in last year’s World Series game in St. Louis? Whose legs created the obstruction for Allen Craig? Will Middlebrooks’s, of course.

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