Red Sox bench Crawford

 

After going hittless in five at bats and being strongly booed by the Fenway faithful, outfielder, Carl Crawford, didn’t object when his Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, decided to sit him out on Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. “It gives you a chance to sit back and relax, watch a game from a different angle,” said Crawford, who is hitting .137 in a dozen games, “I have to kind of get back my focus.” Francona believes that Crawford, who as a free agent, signed a seven-year 142 million dollar contract, will be fine once he stops putting so much pressure on himself. “No one doubts that he’s going to be the player everyone thinks he is. He’s real good,” Francona said about the former Tampa Bay Ray. “It just takes time sometimes. We know how good he’s going to be.” Crawford has an impressive resume in his first eight major league seasons where, with the Rays, he was a .296 career hitter. Last season he hit .307 with 19 homeruns, 90 RBI’s and 47 stolen bases.

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