After five games at Triple-A Pawtucket where he hit .294 with two home runs and four walks, Will Middlebrooks returns to the Red Sox lineup Monday night. Manager John Farrell had stated earlier in the week that they wanted Middlebrooks to get “some momentum going” before he returned to Boston.

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In his first spring training with the Red Sox in 2010, young shortstop Jose Iglesias would sometimes show up unannounced at the house of then-minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez, He wanted to discuss hitting, to learn, to thin



Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who left Saturday’s game after 6 2/3 innings due to soreness in his trapezius muscle, was still experiencing soreness on Sunday.

If a general manager was looking for a big-name power hitter and run producer last offseason, Josh Hamilton and David Ortiz were likely the top two names on the list. While the Angels elected to throw $125 million at Hamilton for the next five seasons, the Red Sox held onto Ortiz — spending $26 million to keep him for two more years.

After 18 innings of baseball on Saturday, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park for an afternoon game against the Angels.  The Sox split the double header Saturday and will turn to Ryan Dempster (3-6, 4.39) to try and win the series.  The Angels will counter with right handed pitcher Joe Blanton (1-9, 5.53).

It’s looking less and less like a fluke. Jose Iglesias is not merely collecting a bunch of well-located infield singles. The 23-year-old, in his stint as the everyday fill-in for Will Middlebrooks at third base, has demonstrated a form of plate appearances that has rarely if ever characterized his performance at any level.

Clay Buchholz left in the seventh inning of Saturday’s night game against the Angels with what he and manager John Farrell described as “neck tightness.” Buchholz said he first felt the tightness when he threw awkwardly to first base in the sixth inning.

Behind a solid outing from Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox won Game 2 of the day-night double header, 7-2, Saturday night at Fenway Park.

One of the few negatives for the Sox in the nightcap was that Buchholz was forced to leave the game in the seventh due to neck tightness after allowing two runs on six hits.

Prior to Game 2 of the doubleheader between the Red Sox and Angels Saturday night, the Sox optioned outfielder Jackey Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket while activating outfielder Shane Victorino.

Bradley Jr. played in seven games during his second major league stint, hitting. 238 with a .714 OPS. The 23-year-old notched his first big league homer during the Sox’ June 4 win over the Rangers.