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March 8, 2013
The Orioles weren't the only team to have a third baseman burst onto the scene in 2012.
Middlebrooks, 24, batted .288 with 15 HRs and 54 RBIs in 75 games before suffering a broken wrist. The Red Sox are looking for him to be one of the leading stars in a new era -- and he seems equipped for that -- but the Fenway faithful might get restless if that familiar face playing the hot corner in New York outperforms him.