Crawford gets it right against a lefty


Crawford gets it right against a lefty

By Jessica Camerato

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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Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched


Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.