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Boston Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks Ready “To Play For the Strongest City Out There”

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On Monday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays in walk-off fashion to improve their mark to 8-4 overall. An exciting, Patriots’ Day victory over a league rival however, went seemingly unnoticed following some tragic and horrific events at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Stunned by the events, the city of Boston was forced to cancel both Monday night’s Boston Bruins game and the Boston Celticsregular season finale on Tuesday. The Red Sox however, are out of town and will hit the diamond in honor of the victims and all those affected by this act of terrorism when they begin action against the Cleveland Indians at 7:05pm (EST).

One of the more vocal players within the Red Sox organization has been none other than starting third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. An original native of Greenville, Texas, Middlebrooks first tweeted his support for Boston late on Monday night:

Middlebrooks has hit four home runs on the season, driving in seven runs in the process. The Red Sox third baseman is hitting at .217 through the first 12 games of the season.

Tuesday’s game however, was supposed to mark the first game that Boston squares off against former manager Terry Francona. But instead, the Red Sox are taking the field searching for a win to send home to the city of Boston.

Felix Doubront is on the mound for Boston and will square off against the Indians’ Ubaldo Jimenez.

Even the New York Yankees will publicly address their support for the Red Sox and the city of Boston with a playing of “Sweet Caroline” after the third inning of their game on Tuesday night.

The best tweet that Middlebrooks has put out though came on Monday morning when he expressed his excitement to take the field in Tuesday night’s game:

 

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