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At 0-6, Crawford moves again

Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 6:35 pm
 
BOSTON -- In his last seven years with the Rays, Carl Crawford hit in three different lineup spots.

In his first seven games with the Red Sox, he's been in four different spots.

Welcome to Boston, Carl. And welcome to 0-6.

In his latest effort to get a first win, Red Sox manager Terry Francona moved Crawford to the leadoff spot for Friday's home opener against the Yankees. Francona said he made the move because he wanted to bat Adrian Gonzalez third, so that Gonzalez will come to the plate in the first inning.

Francona said he discussed the move with Crawford on Thursday's flight back from Cleveland. He said Crawford told him he'd do whatever the Red Sox wanted, and more importantly Francona said he believed that Crawford meant that.

Crawford said the same thing himself after Friday's 9-6 Red Sox win. He went 0-for-5 in the game, dropping his Red Sox average to .143.

In the past, Crawford has preferred not to lead off. He last batted leadoff in April 2007, and the Rays lost the last four (and 11 of the last 14) games when he hit there. For his career, Crawford has just a .323 on-base percentage in games where he has led off.

Crawford began his Red Sox career batting third, with Gonzalez behind him. Francona dropped him to seventh in the third game of the year, then batted him second for the three games in Cleveland.

Crawford went 4-for-23 in the first six games of the season.

"Obviously, we're trying to settle in," Francona said. "We need to try to win some games."

The Red Sox also made two roster moves Friday morning, putting Matt Albers on the disabled list with a strained right lat and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment. Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront took the two open spots in the bullpen.

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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:12 pm
 

At 0-6, Crawford moves again

kleaners you are a genius!  Move over Theo, this guy is on top of things!  (Eyes wide open, sarcasm flowing like a river)

Boston...not smart.




Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:01 pm
 

At 0-6, Crawford moves again

Okay, someone has to get on base, Hughes is posting around 11 ERA.  Double that and you have Lackey's ERA.  God awful.  Please Red Sox let's turn this around now that you are back from a forgetful road trip.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:51 pm
 

At 0-6, Crawford moves again

Problem is, no one can get on base right now.



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:47 pm
 

At 0-6, Crawford moves again

If this was Girardi moving one of the biggest offseason signings all around in the order he would already be fired.  Not sure what Francoma is trying to do.  He is saying they aren't panicking but by him moving Crawford all over the lineup card he is proving otherwise.  Spring training is when your suppose to get your lineups straight...idiots.


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