Found July 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Carl Crawford rarely concealed his displeasure with former manager Terry Francona for frequently batting him seventh in the Boston Red Sox's order last season. "He doesn't seem to be as sensitive talking to me about it," manager Bobby Valentine said. Valentine met with Crawford on Tuesday before posting a lineup card that had the left fielder batting in the No. 7 spot against Texas Rangers rookie left-hander Martin Perez. The reason, according to Valentine, was to relieve some pressure on Crawford, who was 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in his previous two games. It also allowed the Red Sox to put another right-handed hitter -- in this case, Pedro Ciriaco -- near the top of the lineup. Asked for his thoughts on batting lower in the order, Crawford was terse. "No thoughts," he said. "It's time to go play at 7 o'clock. I'm at where I'm at. At 7 o'clock, that's when I'll go play. That's pretty much it." Later...
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