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Now batting sixth, Carl Crawford

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 27, 2011 05:41 PM

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DETROIT Carl Crawford is hitting sixth for the Red Sox today, the third straight game he will do so. Ostensibly, that he because J.D. Drew is out of the lineup with a sore right hamstring. But it sounds like Crawford will be staying there.

"Yeah," said Terry Francona when asked whether Crawford could be there long term. "I think I kind of like the idea of moving him up in the order, First of all, it's justified. He's hot as can be. I didn't want him to hit eighth the whole year, that's pretty obvious. I don't want to move [Dustin Pedroia] out of the two-hole, so I can see it being that way for a while, yeah.

"I like the idea of him hitting up a little bit higher."

Oddly enough, until Wednesday Crawford had never started a game hitting sixth before.

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