Crawford dropped to seventh in lineup

Two games into the season, Terry Francona is shuffling his lineup, moving Carl Crawford down to seventh against Texas lefty Matt Harrison.

"Looking at him, he's obviously trying too hard," Francona said. Crawford is hitless in seven at-bats out of the 3-hole. "As soon as he gets on base and creates havoc, he'll loosen up and the real Carl comes out."

Today also mark the first starts of the season for Jed Lowrie (for Marco Scutaro) at short and Darnell McDonald (for J.D. Drew) in right.

Today's lineups:


Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Jed Lowrie SS

Carl Crawford LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Darnell McDonald RF

Clay Buchholz RHP


Ian Kinsler DH

Michael Young 2B

Josh Hamilton CF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Nelson Cruz RF

David Murphy LF

Mike Napoli C

Mitch Moreland 1B

Andres Blanco SS

Matt Harrison LHP