Sox’ Crawford batting seventh


Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, stressed that he still has connfidence in his speedy star outfielder, Carl Crawford, who was recently moved from his customary lead-off position down to seventh in the batting order. Crawford, who as a free agent, signed a seven year $142 million dollar contract. He has already struck out four times in seven at bats. “I think , looking at him, it’s kind of obvious … he’s  trying too hard,” Francona said. “Especially with a lefty today. Just kind of let him sit down there. As soon as he gets on base … causing some havoc … he’ll loosen up and the real Carl will come out.” Last season, Crawford, who hit .307 with 19 homeruns and 90 RBI’s, got off to a strong start when he hit .337 in April for the Tampa Bay Rays. In his eight years as a major leaguer Crawford has never hit in the number seven spot. Prior to the season, Crawford’s former Rays’ manager, Joe Maddon, talked about the extra scrutiny that Crawford would be under playing for a large baseball market in Boston. “He’s going to get scrutinized to a level now that he wasn’t scrutinized here,” Maddon said. “I don’t know how he’s going to react to that. Obviously if he’s doing well … it’s not going to be an issue. If he’s struggling at all … it may become an issue.”


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