Red Sox 3B Middlebrooks leaves with hamstring pain

Red Sox rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday

night’s game against the Kansas City Royals with tightness in his

left hamstring.

Middlebrooks doubled in the second inning and advanced to third

on a single by Marlon Byrd, but he appeared to wince when he pulled

up rounding the bag. Boston manager Bobby Valentine came out to

check on him, but Middlebrooks remained in the game.

He scored moments later on a base hit by Kelly Shoppach, and was

replaced by Nick Punto when the Red Sox took the field for the

bottom half of the inning.

The double by Middlebrooks put him in rare company. Enos

Slaughter is the only other player since 1920 to have at least one

extra-base hit each of his first five major league games.