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Red Sox Vs. Rangers Lineups: Carl Crawford Bats Seventh Against Lefty

The Red Sox are out to snap a four-game losing streak that has once again put them below .500 as they take on Martin Perez and the Texas Rangers. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

Just a few short days ago a story emerged about how Carl Crawford felt like he had not been given a fair chance in 2011, demoted well down into the bottom half of the lineup after a few bad games by manager Terry Francona. Said narrative led to stories about Bobby V and Carl Crawford getting along, and how things could be different.

Well, welcome to the seven-hole, Carl. Seven games into his injury-delayed season, and Crawford once again finds himself well down in the order.

To be fair, this is likely part of a lineup shuffle specifically designed for the lefty they'll face in Martin Perez, who has been entirely mediocre in Triple-A this year (a red flag that he could dominate the Red Sox based on recent trends). Crawford will almost certainly be back to batting second come the night right-handed starter, but still, given the timing, it's an almost comical change.

Boston Red Sox (48-49)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Pedro Ciriaco, DH
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Carl Crawford, LF
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Mike Aviles, SS

Texas Rangers (57-38)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, LF
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Michael Young, 1B
  6. Nelson Cruz, DH
  7. David Murphy, RF
  8. Mike Napoli, C
  9. Craig Gentry, CF

Next Game

Boston Red Sox
@ Texas Rangers

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Clay Buchholz vs Martin Perez

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 95.

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