Middlebrooks leaves game with hamstring tightness

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Middlebrooks leaves game with hamstring tightness

KANSAS CITY -- After collecting his daily extra-base hit -- an opposite-field double in his first at-bat, giving him at least one extra-base hit in each of the five games he's played -- Will Middlebrooks saw his night cut short.

Middlebrooks came out of the game in the middle of the second inning after feeling some additional tightness in his left hamstring. The same issue had kept him out of the game Saturday at Fenway against Baltimore.

"When he got to third (after the double), he started cramping up a little," said Bobby Valentine. "He went in and thought he was doing alright. It's the same thing he had the other day."

"It's nothing serious," said Middlebrooks. "It's no big deal. It's kind of a precautionary thing, coming out of the game. Hopefully, I'll be back in there tomorrow. It was just some cramping, tightness in the hamstring and we didn't want to mess with it. We're just being safe."

Middlebrooks said he never had experienced any issues with his hamstring before last week.

The rookie said he "felt" it while legging out the double, felt it get worse when he advanced to third on a single by Marlon Byrd.

"I just tried to be honest with them," said Middlebrooks. "Of course I wanted to keep playing but we're trying to take the safe route here and that's what we did."

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.

 

STARS:

1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.