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Monday, May 7, 2012

What a day for Middlebrooks siblings in Boston and 'Bama

Big brother Will gets some love from Big Papi.

When rookie Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam for the Red Sox yesterday in just his third major league game, he helped complete a rather unique family feat. 

Playing college softball for Tulsa, his little sister, Lacey, also homered Sunday in a contest against the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Lacey is a junior pitcher for the Golden Hurricane, for whom she helped clinch the Conference USA title yesterday with her three-run blast at the plate and a one-hit shutout on the mound. Lacey has a 19-5 record with a 1.90 ERA through yesterday, and is one of Tulsa's leading hitters with a .326 average and five homers.

Little sister Lacey lets one fly.

Her highly-touted brother, who hit 23 homers in the minors last year, had nine at AAA Pawtucket this season in just 27 games before being called up to Boston to replace the injured Kevin Youkilis at third base. In his first game for the Red Sox on May 2, Will Middlebrooks had a double, single, walk, and a stolen base. Through Sunday, he is hitting .313 (5-for-16) to start his MLB career.

He also has his grand slam ball, which was recovered by a security guard after it cleared the Green Monster in left field. "It was probably the biggest rush of my life," Middlebrooks told reporters after the game.

His sister, for one, probably knew exactly what he was talking about.

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