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.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.