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April 7, 2013

Middlebrooks hits 3 homers, Red Sox rout Blue Jays

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Even the outs Dickey got were loud. Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each flied out to the warning track before Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out to end the inning.

Dickey (0-2) allowed eight runs — seven earned — and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings. It was his shortest start and the most runs he’d allowed since giving up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 14-6 loss at Atlanta last April 18, when he pitched for the New York Mets.

The five first inning runs allowed by Dickey matched the amount he gave up in the first inning in all of 2012, when he made 33 starts.

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (2-0) allowed five hits, all singles, in seven shutout innings. He walked none and struck out six, improving to 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA in his past nine starts at Rogers Centre.

Clayton Mortensen pitched the final two innings for Boston.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup, the third straight game he’s missed with a sore right ankle. The two-time major league home run leader twisted his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning last Thursday.

NOTES: Red Sox DH David Ortiz (right heel) is set to play in extended spring training games starting today and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as early as Thursday, manager John Farrell said. ... Boston SS Stephen Drew (concussion) will play two more games with Double-A Portland before rejoining the team in time for Wednesday’s game against Baltimore. ... Lester had to jump out of the way of Edwin Encarnacion’s shattered bat in the fourth. Encarnacion grounded to short on the play. ... The Red Sox open their home schedule at Fenway Park this afternoon. RHP Clay Buchholz faces Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen.

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