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04/03/2011 - 6:11pm
Crawford: 'Hopefully I can relax'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a day when the positives were admittedly few for the Red Sox during and after a 5-1 loss that completed the season-opening three-game sweep vs. the Rangers, the team did have some silver linings. Carl Crawford, dropped to seventh in the order by manager Terry Francona, responded to the move by delivering his first two hits and his first RBI as a member of the Red Sox.

The left fielder flicked a singled just inside the third-base line for a single in his first at-bat, and then in the seventh, he lined another single to left-center for the only Sox run of the day. After the game, he suggested that he was hopeful that his first hits for his new club will help him to play to his abilities going forward.

"I didn’t know for sure if it was going to be fair or foul. Lucky enough it stayed fair. Those are the kind of little things that kind of get you going sometimes, so hopefully that’s the start of something,"...

04/03/2011 - 5:53pm
Relieved Krstic could play Tuesday

An obviously relieved, and happy, Nenad Krstic said that he would try to play Tuesday against Philadelphia -- provided he can get through practice on Monday. Krstic has a bone bruise on his right knee, which has caused some swelling and pain in his knee, but his worst fear of a torn meniscus was put to rest after an MRI on Saturday revealed no further damage. "I was scared," Krstic said in the locker room before the Celtics got ready to play Detroit. "I obviously had pain, but I was scared that it was more serious." 

Krstic said he thought about trying to play against Pistons but he is still having trouble extending his knee without pain. That's nothing though compared to the team's early fears. "Just great news really," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought he’d be out maybe for the year. Originally we thought meniscus at best." 

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04/03/2011 - 5:39pm
Shaq returns to Celtics on limited plan

After more than two months and 27 games, Shaquille O'Neal is finally ready to get back on the court and will play for the Celtics against the Pistons on Sunday. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Shaq will play three or four of the team's seven remaining games, although the C's haven't yet formulated a plan for when he will play. Jermaine O'Neal will get the start, which will allow Glen Davis to go back to his sixth man role and also have some continuity with the starting lineup. Rivers said Shaq will play 7-8 minutes in each half. 

Shaq hasn't practiced with the team, but the team thought it was time. "You’re not going to see a whole bunch of him," Rivers said. "Not the best way to do this, obviously, but we don’t have a choice." 

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04/03/2011 - 4:50pm
Rangers complete sweep of Sox

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers dropped the Red Sox by a 5-1 decision  Sunday, completing a series sweep in a three-game set that saw Texas outscore Boston by a 26-11 total.

Texas starter Matt Harrison got the win for the Rangers, giving up just a single run over seven innings. Harrison allowed his only run in the seventh inning, giving up an RBI single to Carl Crawford. But Harrison managed to pitch his way out of a jam in that seventh inning, striking out Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs and the bases loaded.

Clay Buchholz took the loss, allowing four runs (all on solo homers, the four homers is the second-most allowed by Buchholz in a start) and five hits in 6.1 innings. The Rangers hit 11 home runs in the three-game series, against just three for the Sox.

Crawford -- 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in his first two games with the Sox -- was moved to the seventh spot in the lineup on Sunday. Crawford responded to the shift with a...

04/03/2011 - 1:00pm
Francona: Crawford 'trying too hard'

ARLINGTON, Texas — After seeing the Red Sox outscored by the Rangers, 21-10, manager Terry Francona made some tweaks to the lineup against Texas and left-hander Matt Harrison on Sunday.

Most notably, after Carl Crawford spent the spring batting either second or third, and hit third in each of the first two games, Francona opted to lower the left fielder to the No. 7 spot in the batting order.

Crawford is 0-for-7 with a walk and four strikeouts in his first two games with the Sox. He has yet to hit a single ball out of the infield. Francona suggested that the outfielder, who must deal with the scrutiny that comes with a seven-year, $142 million deal that he signed in the offseason, is clearly pressing. By moving him down in the batting order, Francona is hopeful that it will permit the three-time All-Star to breathe.

“Looking at him, it’s kind of obvious he’s trying too hard. Especially with a lefty today, just let him...

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