February 27, 2013

Middlebrooks hurt, says he's OK, as Red Sox fall to Baltimore

The Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning Wednesday night to lead the Baltimore Orioles to their fifth straight victory to start spring training, 5-3 against the Boston Red Sox.

It's the first time Baltimore, which was using a split-squad against the Red Sox, has won its first five games in spring training since 2001.

The Orioles also played a day game against the New York Yankees at Tampa, Fla., and came away with a 10-5 victory.

Chris Tillman allowed a hit and two walks while working 1 2/3 innings for the Orioles.

Boston brought most of its regulars to the game, but third baseman Will Middlebrooks had a scary moment in the first inning when he appeared to injure his right wrist after swinging at a pitch from Tillman.

Middlebrooks, who broke the wrist Aug. 10, left the game but said it was a precaution and he was fine.

Middlebrooks was replaced by Pedro Ciriaco.

The Red Sox said Middlebrooks would be evaluated Thursday.

The Red Sox will resume their spring-training schedule Thursday with a game at 1:05 p.m. against Pittsburgh.

DAVID ORTIZ left the Red Sox for a few days to return to his native Dominican Republic for a personal matter.

Boston Manager John Farrell said that Ortiz, who has yet to play this spring training, should be back by Friday.

Farrell declined to say what Ortiz's personal matter was.


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