Crawford gets it right against a lefty

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Crawford gets it right against a lefty

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - The stats were against Carl Crawford.

He entered Fridays game against the Oakland Athletics batting .106 against lefties this season.

He was also hitless with the bases loaded and two outs.

After one swing of the bat, he proved those numbers didnt mean anything with the game on the line.

With the Red Sox trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Crawford worked lefty reliever Brian Fuentes to a full count. On the sixth straight sinker, he connected on a hit to center field to drive in Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis for the game-tying and go-ahead runs.

I was just trying to work him a little bit, Crawford said after the Red Sox 8-6 win. We had bases loaded so he started off with two balls and I decided I was just going to wait until he threw a strike. The count ended up getting to 3-2, I had to swing and I was able to find a hole.

He added, Youve got the bases loaded with two outs, you cant really play around too much right there. So you know at some point he has to throw you a pitch where you can hit, so you kind of know that and use that to your advantage.

Crawfords at-bat helped the Red Sox snap a four-game losing streak and record their 12th come-from-behind victory this season. His only hit of the game got the job done.

He worked the count really well and got deep, said Terry Francona. And by no means did he crush that ball, but he stayed on it enough and it found the outfield grass and made everybody happy.

Crawford came close to knocking one out of the park earlier in the game, hitting a deep flyball to right field that was caught by David DeJesus. That narrowly missed tying the game at 4-4.

But he was happy to connect when he did later in the game.

Its kind of getting to the point where I think Im just about to try to get on top of everything, he said with a laugh.

Regardless of how Crawford had hit earlier in the game - or at any point in the season, for that matter - his teammates had confidence with him at the plate.

Thats how you get out of a jam, said David Ortiz. Hes the man tonight. Thats the guy you want in there. Im so happy for him.

When told of Ortizs praise, Crawford smiled. Well, Im glad he had a confidence in me. Im just trying to help deliver for the team and do everything to help win the game.

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What makes a good manager? Rangers GM Jon Daniels explains

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What makes a good manager? Rangers GM Jon Daniels explains

Across the way from John Farrell in the Rangers dugout this series is a manager who was voted the American League’s best in his first year at the helm, 2015.

Jeff Banister is one of three full-time skippers Rangers president Jon Daniels has had in his time running the Rangers.

Much has been made about how Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski views the manager’s job: that in-game management isn’t the most important, but running the clubhouse is.

How does another top baseball exec look at it? Daniels explained on the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast.

“I think manager’s an enormous role,” Daniels said. “Huge importance, I don’t buy into any of the sort of snarky commentary. … What I think sometimes gets a little blown out of proportions, at times whether it’s lineup construction, some of those — the in-game stuff, bullpen management’s very real. 

“Certainly the knowledge of the game is big. I think the ability to teach the game is big. But the No. 1 separator, in my opinion, is managing people. It’s really the word ‘manager.’ Helping to mold the culture in the clubhouse. Getting everybody on the same page. Young players, older players, everybody’s got different self-interests and to be able to get all those unique self-interests enough on the same page for a common goal while representing the club publicly, with the media, with the fans, and doing it under a pretty intense spotlight — I think that’s the biggest piece. Probably the hardest to truly evaluate unless you’re like, in the clubhouse or around the clubhouse on a daily basis and have a sense for who’s good at it, who’s not. That for me is like where guys really separate themselves.”

Asked if he’s ever surprised by player sensitivity, Daniels underscored what stage of life most ballplayers are in.

“Everybody’s different, right?” Daniels said. “So everyone has different insecurities, everyone has different level of ego, grown up in different circumstances. At the end of the day everybody wants a few basic things. You want to be like kind of communicated on a pretty forthright, direct way. You want to be treated with respect. Some guys can handle a little more criticism than others. 

“Some guys can handle a little more criticism from their peers than others can. I think that’s a manager’s job, to understand kind of the different approaches. Players, the guys are in their 20s. Think about where you were when you were first out of college … a few years off that, and your maturity level and really your lack of life experience in a lot of ways. And, kind of like evaluate under those circumstances: you’re going to be somewhat sensitive when you’re in that time period in your life.”

How well a manager handles a clubhouse isn’t something the Rangers, at least, have tried to quantify.

“More anecdotal for me. There may be ways,” Daniels said. “I haven’t really been part of that. If there is [a way] we haven’t figured it out, and we haven’t really tried to do, to be honest with you.”

For the full interview, listen to the podcast below

Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start of year Monday in Chicago

Farrell: Price to make first Red Sox start of year Monday in Chicago

David Price may have allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday night during his second rehab start in Triple-A, but the Red Sox apparently liked what they saw.

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Manager John Farrell announced moments ago that Price will rejoin the Red Sox Monday and start that day's game in Chicago against the White Sox. Farrell said the Sox were more concerned with how Price felt physically after his rehab start, not the results, and they're satisfied he's ready to return.

More to come . . .