Jessica Moran checks in with another edition of 3 Up, 3 Down and it's hard not to start with Thursday night's hero:
Middlebrooks turned Thursday's game around with his 2-out, bases-loaded double in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Rays.
The third baseman has six doubles this week and is heating up at the plate.
There haven't been many laser shows for Pedroia this season, but the second baseman is absolutely raking at the plate.
Pedroia has four multi-hit games this week and his .340 average is fifth in the league.
Lester joins Clay Buchholz with a sterling 6-0 record. The lefty boasts a 2.72 ERA this season and he recently hurled a 1-hitter against the Blue Jays. Over his last two starts, Lester has pitched like the ace he's expected to be, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
As good as Lester and Buchholz have been, it hasn't been all roses for the rotation
Dempster was shelled in his last start, allowing six earned runs including three home runs.
He owns a respectable 3.75 ERA but his 2-4 record is nothing to brag about.
The Flyin' Hawaiian is just 3-for-20 over the last five games and he has only two RBI this month.
Victorino's last home run came on May 9th, and after another wall collision on Thursday, he's out of Friday's game against the Twins.
This certainly isn't the way Ellsbury (or agent Scott Boras) hoped this contract season would go for the centerfielder.
Ellsbury is hitting just .249 on the year and he has only 2 extra base hits this month.
The power that most hoped would return with a healthy Ellsbury hasn't been there either. Ellsbury has only one home run and 13 RBI this season.