Sox notes: Middlebrooks begins rehab assignment

Sox notes: Middlebrooks begins rehab assignment
June 5, 2013, 9:00 am
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(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON -- Leftover pieces from the Red Sox' 17-5 win over Texas Tuesday night:

  • Will Middlebrooks began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday night. He started at third base, batting third against Charlotte (White Sox), going 1-for-2 with a walk in five innings.

  • The Sox now lead the American League with 36 wins and are a season-high 13 games over .500, their highest mark since the conclusion of 2011 season (90-72).

  • The Sox are now 5-2 when facing a rookie starter. Those pitchers have a combined 12.93 ERA, giving up 34 earned runs in 23 2/3 innings, with 52 hits allowed. None has gone more than five innings.

  • Daniel Nava scored a career-high four runs, becoming the first Red Sox leadoff hitter to score four runs since Pedro Ciriaco last Aug. 23 against the Angels. Nava went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. It was his first game with multiple extra-base hits since June 1, 2012, at Toronto.

  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI, and three runs scored. It was his second career game with three runs scored and three RBI. 

  • David Ortiz went 2-for-6 with a triple, double, and three RBI. It was his first triple since April 11, 2011, against the Rays. It is just the third time in his career that he has hit a double and triple in the same game, and the first time since April 20, 2009, against the Orioles. He has hit at least one triple in 13 of his last 14 seasons, with the exception of 2012.

  • Jose Iglesias went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, extending his career-high hitting streak to nine games. In that stretch he is batting .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, and five runs scored. He has reached base safely in 16 of 17 games with the Red Sox this season. Iglesias made his major-league debut at second base in the eighth inning.

  • Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games since May 27. He is batting .313 in that stretch (10-for-32) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, and three runs scored. He also made his 907th career appearance at second base, moving past Marty Barrett into sole possession of third place on the Sox' all-time list at the position.