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Middlebrooks set to come off disabled list

BOSTON -- When the Red Sox open their three-game series in Toronto on Friday night, they will have their regular lineup together for the first time this season.

Third baseman Will Middlebrooks will be activated from the disabled list, a day after right fielder Shane Victorino made his debut in 2014.

To make room for Middlebrooks on the roster, the Red Sox optioned infielder Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Coming off a left calf strain, Middlebrooks went 0-for-4 in his final Minor League rehab game for Pawtucket on Thursday.

"He swung the bat better today," said manager John Farrell. "Came out of it physically fine. I think that's the one thing I talked about a minute ago is just the continuity and some stability with the names we anticipated breaking camp with. Three and a half weeks into the season, we're finally getting there."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Quinn Roberts is a reporter for
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