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Carl Crawford batting out of the No. 2 spot tonight

Apr 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT


Carl Crawford is batting No. 2 against the Indians tonight, according to Rob Bradford of

Red Sox manager Terry Francona raised some eyebrows by dropping Crawford to the seventh spot in the order on Sunday. Crawford batted third for the first two games of the season.

While Francona said that Crawford was bumped Sunday because he was “trying to do too much,” he did say that it’s possible that he could bat lower against left-handers early on in the season.

“Maybe get him and [Jacoby] Ellsbury back to back and let them get on base and cause some havoc. We may drop him down in the order, at least for a while, against lefties, just to kind of make our batting order look a little better but we’ll see. Again, when guys are hitting and they kind of get into the groove, that won’t matter as much. I just thought he was trying too hard the first couple of days.”

Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million contract over the winter, is a .270/.315/.381 hitter against left-handed pitching.

  1. Glenn - Apr 5, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    The Red Sox have better OBP guys than Crawford who should be in front of him. His speed might be more valuable lower in the lineup where his stolen bases will mean more and he can score on singles and doubles from the less powerful bottom of the order.

  2. Elwood Larf - Apr 5, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Crawford should have been hitting second behind Ellsbury to begin with. He’s got more pop than Ellsbury, so the opposition with a decent power stroke coupled with two of the fastest guys in the game. And Pedroia is a smarter hitter than Crawford, and should have no trouble driving the two of these guys home.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 5, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Carl is in for a quite a surprise this year. He isn’t in TB anymore, you can’t go 0-4 in Boston then go home for a nap and sleep soundly. The fans and press will turn on him quick if he doesn’t live up to that 142 mill contract.

    • kcroyal - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:50 AM

      Carl goes home and takes naps on large piles of money. Carl doesn’t seem like the type to care about the media. It’s 4 games into the season. Calm down Yankee fan.

      • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        You obviously aren’t from anywhere near NY or Boston……………..

  4. thinman61 - Apr 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Tribe fans should be ashamed of themselves. That ballpark is empty.

    • oldpaddy - Apr 5, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      I can’t believe it’s that empty. That place used to always be packed.

  5. oldpaddy - Apr 5, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    You’d think by the 4th game there would be a set lineup. 4 games, 4 line ups? Come on.
    I’m starting to wonder is the sox left spring training ready to play…

    • kcroyal - Apr 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM

      Yeah really…we’re like 3% into the season, there is only like 158 games left and these guys don’t have their everyday lineups set?


      • oldpaddy - Apr 6, 2011 at 6:25 AM

        What was spring training for?
        $20 says the fifth line up will be a lot different too.
        We’re not talking about a 4A team, like the royals, this is a team with a payroll of over $170,000,000, with an all star at almost every position. The manager should have a pretty damn good idea what the line up should be.

      • spindervish - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        Actual in-game strategy and lineup decisions are not exactly Tito’s strong suit. The guy’s grown on me, and I have a lot of respect for his people skills, loyalty to his players and ability to manage a clubhouse full of superstars, but he’s hardly an A student when it comes to the more tangible aspects of actually, you know, managing baseball games.

  6. akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Apr 6, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Hey, where’s all the vitriol about the highly expensive FA signing Crawford batting 2nd for the Red Sox? I mean, when the Nationals made a similar move and put Werth 2nd, every pundit with something in for the Washington franchise ridiculed the move.

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