Speaking prior to the Red Sox' Saturday afternoon game with the Blue Jays, Carl Crawford talked about the slump he has endured to start the season.
"It’s just bad all-around right now," said Crawford, who was not in the Red Sox starting lineup for the first time this season. "It’s tough because the team’s not winning and not hitting well, so you have to take all that and be strong enough to try to stay focused and do the things you do well. It’s tough right now, but I’m still doing the little things I need to do to get better."
Batting .137 with seven hits on the season, Crawford relayed his disappointment regarding the slow start
"You look up there and you see that one-something average, you try to get it all in one at-bat," said Crawford. "I’ve got to learn to take it one at-bat at a time, take it one pitch at a time, and go from there."
There will be no suspense leading up to Game 1 on the availability of Shaquille O'Neal. The Celtics announced that the center would not play in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Knicks on Sunday. "We tried to get him out there to practice today to simulate the game as much as we could and he’s not ready," team president Danny Ainge said. "We don’t know when he’ll be ready."
Team doctor Brian McKeon said that Shaq's injury, which is related to the Achiiles and calf strain, just takes time to recover and that O'Neal hasn't had enough yet. "This guy has been working his tail off. He’s been working so, so hard," McKeon said. "Today we did like a mock trail, pregame workout and he failed. It’s just too sore. We’ll get back to work tomorrow."
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Before Saturday’s matinee game with the Blue Jays, Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked about the latest change to his team’s lineup, which featured shortstop Jed Lowrie in the leadoff spot, and was absent of outfielder Carl Crawford.
Francona said that because of the number of left-handed pitchers the team has been facing, it was wise to get some right-handed hitters in the lineup for balance, which means scrapping the slumping outfielder in favor of the switch hitting and red-hot Lowrie.
"We were trying to get to Monday with Carl," Francona said. "I thought Monday looked like a real good day to give him a day to kind of regroup, but DeMarlo [Hale] and I sat around a lot – he’s the one I bounce more stuff off of than anything – and then we went to Carl and said, 'Hey, this is what we’re trying to do,’ and I think he really wanted to play, which we like. But I think it will do him more good...
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was hospitalized Friday night for dehydration, the team announced Saturday morning. As of Saturday, he was being evaluated by the team's medical staff.
Chara had five shots on goal in 25:06 of ice time in Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Canadiens. In the regular season, he led the NHL with a plus-33 rating.
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Carl Crawford, who is hitting .137 with a .342 OPS, gets his first day off of the season, with Jed Lowrie starting at shortstop and leading off. Darnell McDonald takes over in left field for Crawford against Jo-Jo Reyes. The lineup against the lefty is as follows: Lowrie SS, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 1B, David Ortiz DH, Mike Cameron RF, Jason Varitek C, McDonald LF, Jacoby Ellsbury CF. Josh Beckett gets the start for the Red Sox.
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