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Will Middlebrooks hits three homers as Red Sox crush Blue Jays 13-0

Apr 7, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

Will Middlebrooks; Mike Napoli AP

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit three homers and doubled Sunday in Boston’s 13-0 rout in Toronto.

The 24-year-old Middlebrooks became the first player to hit three homers in a game this year, and he’s the youngest player to accomplish the feat since the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen on Aug. 1, 2009.  He was the first member of the Red Sox to pull it off since Dustin Pedroia did it on June 24, 2010 against the Rockies.

Given a chance to go for a fourth homer in the eighth, Middlebrooks flew out to the warning track in left field.

The Red Sox hit six homers in all. Middlebrooks and Daniel Nava went back-to-back in the seventh, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli added bombs in the eighth.

Boston got to 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey for eight runs — seven earned — in 4 2/3 innings today. Only two of the homers were hit off Dickey, though. The remaining four came off journeyman Dave Bush, who was just added to the roster this weekend.

The game featured an odd moment in the top of the fifth, when Edwin Encarnacion opted to play behind Jackie Bradley Jr. on first base with the Jays down 8-0. Bradley took off for second, only to see a foul ball return him to first base. Encarnacion immediately resumed holding him on afterwards, and there were no repercussions when Bradley came to the plate in the seventh. One imagines there would have been had Bradley been running in the seventh or eighth inning instead.

But while not holding runners on in blowouts is a somewhat common occurrence, there’s no way a team should be doing it in the first half of an 8-0 game. More than just about any other team in baseball, the Jays are capable of scoring eight runs in five innings. In Boston’s September 2011 collapse, the Jays once scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Red Sox 11-10.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Just a bad day at the office for 2012 Cy Young winners as David Price also got hit hard. Other pitchers of note to have a rough day were Hamels, Shields and Verlander.

    • oldpaddy - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Keep telling yourself that.

      Your canadian, maybe you can tell me why there were paper airplanes thrown through out the series. I get throwing bottles, batteries, the beib, rocks, etc, but why paper airplanes?

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        The beib was not available thus the paper airplanes.

      • evnest - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Why not paper airplanes?????? That was fkn awesome! Between the paper airplanes and the 2 streakers, Jays fans more than made up for the blowout. Us Canadians always find a way to make light of a dull moment.

      • oldpaddy - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        Streaking IS awesone, I’ll give you that.
        Paper airplanes are bush league.
        Try to act like you’ve been here before, canada.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        Will Middlebrooks = Wolfsbane.

        The Red Sox have found a way to thwart the Blue Jays Loup Garou!

    • ienjoysensi - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      The difference between them and Dickey is they are proven durable aces . Doesn’t look like he belongs in the al east at all . Middlebrooks is a stud . He seems to swing for the fences every time .

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        It is much too early in the season to make broad definitive statements. Dickey coughed up a hairball in his third start last year and still had a fine season. As far as Middlebrooks is concerned, it is a bit early to send him to the breeders shed. One game does not make a season.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        A couple of other big name starters who stunk today are Matt Cain and Stephen Strasburg. Should they also be sent to the trash bin because of a bad game?

      • pastabelly - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Middlebrooks hit 15 HR in 75 games last year. Why is it too early to say. You say that one game does not make a season. But the sample size for him being a power hitter is there.

    • theskinsman - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Having watched the best knuckleballer of this era,tim wakefield for many years, I can tell you they can be unhittable,or get destroyed.Sometimes from inning to inning.

      • ienjoysensi - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Proudly … Again your naming a young stud on the rise and a proven two time World Series winner in Cain . Dickey had three good years . All in the NL with the mets . His best ERA playing for an American League team has been a 4.62 . Besides that any full year pitched in the AL has been a 5 era or way above .

      • cur68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        ienjoy: keep telling yourself that. As anyone who knows ANYTHING about RA Dickey knows, he was so successful with the Mets because that was the team that allowed him to throw knuckle ball. When he was a Twin he was ordered not to. Mauer couldn’t handle it. Once he was allowed to have the KB as his primary pitch and he’d had a chance to groove it up, he was money. For three straight seasons he was outstanding.

        A bad start is not any reason to panic. Season’s just begun.

  2. mornelithe - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Pretty impressive game from WMB all around today, not only was he a one man wrecking crew at the plate, his defense was top notch as well.

    Tough outting for Dickey and Toronto’s BP, but they shut ‘em down yesterday, so it’s not all doom and gloom. I do wonder if the AL East has been primed to deal with knuckleballers though, over the past decade, given Wake’s presence (up until last year, of course).

    • oldpaddy - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Wake never pitched against the sox. Plus when wake was on, he was ON. When he wasn’t he looked like dickey today.
      Knuckler comes and goes. Look up wakes first seasons in the majors. He was a candidate for cy young his first season. Pirates released him two seasons later because he stunk.

      • mornelithe - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I’m aware that the Sox never faced Wake, but to say a pitcher with a unique/difficult to hit pitching style wouldn’t prep his team for similar pitchers, seems a bit silly to me.

        Either way, the rest of the season should tell the tale, too early to call it now. Which is why I said, I wonder, and not, jesus the AL East murders knuckleballers.

      • oldpaddy - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        When wake was pitching there was only one other knuckler in mlb and he pitched in the nl. That guy was named dickey and he threw a knuckler in the 70’s. Wake threw his in the 50’s. HUGE difference.
        Wake hasn’t pitched since ’11, not many sox left from ’11.
        I’m really not seeing the connection between wake pitching for the sox two years ago and dickey getting rocked today.
        Maybe the sox were prepped for the knuckler because both pitchers were born in america and pitched on the east coast?

  3. pgilbert15303 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Johnny Lester is back! Go Sox!!!

    • theskinsman - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Lester back? No way,Uyf said spring training didn’t show anything. having Farrell back wasn’t going to help Lester and Bucholz.
      He should be around soon to minimize the sox pitching or hitting.The yanks won.When they lose,all we hear is crickets.

      • ienjoysensi - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Uyf is an idiot , plain and simple . An unrealistic Yankees fan . ( that’s just my opinion )

  4. zwilhelm16 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Overlooked last year because of what Trout and Harper did but his numbers were up there them until he was injured. Would not be shocked to see a MVP for him in the future.

    • mornelithe - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Aye, he was lost in the Harper/Trout shuffle last year, but it looks like he’s come back strong, and improved his defense to boot. At 24, he’s pretty impressive.

    • evnest - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Lol ok

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I don’t know if it will last, but I love what I’m seeing from the Sox so far.

  6. bigwii - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    He had a higher W.A.R. Than Trout last year look it up. This kid has serious star potential a 30-100 threat.

    Along with Bradley, Bogaerts, De La Rosa, Pedroia, and maybe Ellsbury this team has a lot of young talent and a bright future.

    All that young talent plus all the money they’re saving. Also the pitching seeming to be back to normal watch out for the Sox. GO SOX!

    • mornelithe - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      He should very easily be able to exceed 30 runs, he put up what 15 in 75 games last year?

  7. bozosforall - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Steriods…a Red Sox tradition.

    • Glenn - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      How many Red Sox have been suspended for PEDs? Any?

      • evnest - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Man Ram

      • bozosforall - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Marlon Byrd

      • bozosforall - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        More importantly, Curt Schilling has recently stated that the Red Sox administration strongly suggested that he try using PEDs in 2008 to combat issues stemming from a shoulder injury.

  8. chill1184 - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    AL East was going to be a battle but lets reserve judgement on Dickey for at least a month small sample size people.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Welcome to the American League R.A, its gonna be a long long season for you and josh and mark…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Right, because it’s not like Buehrle spent a decade in the AL or anything…….

  10. hitdog042 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Where’s all the turds who said Middlebrooks’ power was overrated in March? I recall a lot of skepticism posts on him. Will is the real deal. He just needs to walk more. I recall most of the Will bashers were Jays fans. So….. As they say…. Ha. Ha.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      This turd NEVER doubted his power!

  11. infectorman - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Crying like a little schoolgirl = a bozo tradition

    Must be rifling through the Kleenex boxes these days balling about his worn out, too old, overpaid, under-performing, injury-prone yankees.

    Steroids? Look no further than Gay-Rod- Bozo’s man-love. BAhAHAHAHA!

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