Intel from Red Sox-Yankees prep

Will Middlebrooks got contact lenses this winter, and he hopes that will solve some problems. Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Time to empty the notebook from our Thursday broadcast prep for the game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

1. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has had a good spring training, hitting the ball from line to line -- and it'll be interesting to see if he gets even better in the days ahead, given a change he just made. He related to John Kruk that last spring, he got a call from an eye doctor but never followed up.

This spring, he did ... and as it turned out, he told Kruk, he needed an eye prescription. He wore contacts for the first time during a game in Boston's exhibition two days ago.

2. The area on top of Shane Victorino's right thumb would often sting when he hit the ball, because the bat -- pressed hard against his hand -- would deliver a jolt. Victorino had surgery during the offseason, and there hasn't been a lot of difference in the discomfort he feels.