Crawford: 2-for-4 in extended Spring Training game

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Crawford: 2-for-4 in extended Spring Training game

BOSTON Left fielder Carl Crawford served as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game earlier today, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three walks. Crawford is on the 15-day disabled list after left wrist surgery in January and elbow soreness earlier this month.

Hes going to be examined in Boston sometime in the couple, three days, manager Bobby Valentine said. And if the exam goes well, then theyre going to either put him in the outfield, which Im hoping he can just go in the outfield and underhand it in for a while and just start playing that way and then get on a throwing program. Im hoping thats the next step.

But, with the Red Sox outfield situation getting bleaker by the day Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury on the DL, and recent call-up Jason Repko suffering a slight shoulder separation after crashing into the wall yesterday the Sox are unlikely to rush Crawfords rehab.

Crawford has yet to begin a rehab assignment. The Sox would have 20 days from the start of an assignment to activate him.

I guess he could start playing somewhere else, DH, Valentine said. Its been talked about but were not sure of the necessity of having him move around, different weather. Right now he needs to see pitches, get at-bats, get on base, steal those bases, start getting comfortable in playing the game. Im not sure that were worried about the competition level. Were worried about his comfort and then his physical.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.