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Middlebrooks has made a goal in training camp to work on his approach against offspeed pitches, the Providence Journal reports. According to Brooks Baseball, Middlebrooks has hit just .167 against changeups and .205 off sliders in his two big-league seasons.
Thompson (back) could have returned for the second half of Friday night's game but it was decided he should sit out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons, the San Jose Mercury News reports. "Klay was all set to start the third quarter, but I thought it was important to get my Pop on," head coach Mark Jackson said, referencing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's tendency to rest veteran players. "So I shut him down and look forward to him getting treatment and getting ready for Sunday."