Crawford 'surprised' Leominster officer suspended for racial slur

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Crawford 'surprised' Leominster officer suspended for racial slur

BOSTON An investigation found Wednesday that a Leominster police officer did in fact hurl a racial slur at Carl Crawford during a rehab game in Manchester, NH, while playing for Double-A Portland. Officer John Perrault was put on paid leave with a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next week.
I really dont want to comment on that, Crawford said. Like I said earlier, I really just want to put that stuff behind me and move forward.
It surprised me he was a police officer. Disappointed and all that kind of stuff. Like I said I just want to put that behind me and not worry about that anymore.
Asked if he was glad the perpetrator was found and the investigation found him guilty, Crawford replied:
I really dont know how I feel about that. Like I said, just disappointed that it had to happen and to come out and find it was a police officer. Just one of those things you got to let go.
Youd think we as a nation had gone past that kind of stuff. So its one of those things hopefully thats the last time something like that has to happen.

Dombrowski on trading top prospects: 'You go for it'

Dombrowski on trading top prospects: 'You go for it'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox are coming off a 94-win season and a division title.
     
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Their starting rotation is solid, if not without some question marks. The team's core of young position players is the envy of the industry.
     
So, why, then, did Dave Dombrowski make the kind of gamble he did when he shipped arguably the best prospect in baseball and the organization's top pitching prospect to land White Sox lefthander Chris Sale?
     
"I think it's a situation where when you have a chance to win,'' explained Dombrowski, "you want to give yourself every opportunity to do so, if you can improve your club. And for us, this deal improved us.

"I'm not sure, for instance, if we didn't get (Drew) Pomeranz that we would have won our division. But any time you get there, short of just a total giveaway of your system or making moves that don't make us smart, I think you go for it.''
     
Dombrowski noted that most of his acquisitions -- Sale, Pomeranz, David Price, Craig Kimbrel -- are under the team's control for another three years.

"In baseball,'' he said, "four years down the road is an eternity in many ways. So you need to take advantage of that opportunity. Nothing's guaranteed in life; if you make these moves, it doesn't guarantee that you're going to win.
     
"But I think you just keep taking a chance. You keep going for it as much as you possibly can and hopefully, it works for you someday.''
     
The moves he's made to date, said Dombrowski, have all made the Red Sox "a little better.''
     
He further noted that with a young core of everyday players and prospects such as Rafael Devers and Sam Travis, "I think we're still strong for many, many years.''