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"That's what I'm trying [for]," Crawford said. "That's definitely the goal of mine. We just have to wait and see."

In fact, by Saturday morning, trainer Rick Jameyson had already provided manager Bobby Valentine with an encouraging report on Crawford.

"Swelling is down, nice range of motion, progress from the last couple of days," Valentine said. "He said he was feeling good this morning when I saw him."

There's no set timetable for Crawford to appear in an exhibition game.

General manager Ben Cherington hopes that Crawford's swelling is "just a minor bump on the road to recovery."

Crawford thinks the swelling was nothing more than the case of a competitive athlete trying to do too much too soon.

"This is probably myself just trying to push it a little bit. Probably shouldn't have done as much as I was doing, but I wanted to see," Crawford said. "It was feeling so good at first. I thought I could just keep going and going. Now I know what kind of pace I have to do things at. Once the inflammation goes down, I'll know not to push it so much."

MLB.com: Improving Crawford keeps Opening Day goal

So, what was the real issue? Too much bunting, or pushing yourself too much? I hope it is the latter and not the original excuse of several rounds of bunting being the lone cause of the inflammation. If Crawford's recover stays on track and he can achieve his goal, it would be the ideal situation for the Red Sox. Keep in mind the surgery was performed less than two months ago, and this goal was set by Crawford and it is not a definite return date.

Crawford has to keep the bunting to a minimum, and keep a steady pace with his routine and rehab to avoid another set-back.

On Page 2, The Red Sox do the usual, and sweep the Northeastern/BC doubleheader.

The Red Sox completed a sweep of the college doubleheader with a 6–3 win over Boston College Saturday night.

"It seemed like he had his legs underneath him and threw all his pitches really well," Valentine said. "It seems like he's probably a little ahead of the other pitchers with his command and stuff right now. He's actually looked that way since he's been here."

David Ortiz started at first base, going 0-for-2.

"[He] made the two plays, took one unassisted, fed to the pitcher on another one," Valentine said. "Thought he looked fine. That's the way he's looked in his practice sessions . . . He had good swings today . . . He's got a little life in his body. He looks great, and it's really, really early."

CSNNE: Sox win nightcap, sweep doubleheader

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with his team's performance in the first game of the college double-header, as the Sox pummeled Northeastern, 25-0.

"Discount the competition, but it's better to do good than to do bad," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

"I was pleased, obviously. How can you not be pleased?"

Indeed. In addition to the 25 runs, the Sox banged out 23 hits – at least one by every batter in the lineup – with five home runs.

Cody Ross led the home run barrage with two – a solo shot to lead off the second inning, for the first home run at the Sox' new spring training home, and a grand slam in the fourth. Ross went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBI.

CSNNE: Valentine happy with Sox' performance

I caught some of the BC game and they weren't too bad. I call a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox a win for BC, especially with the way the day game went. I feel for Northeastern because those kids had no shot in their 25-0 loss to the Sox.

That's all I can talk about those games before my head hits the desk.

The rest of the links:

Globe: A change, it seems, amid fastballs | Monster game for Ross | Request is no shock to him | ESPNBoston: Ten takeaways from the Fort | Herald: Ortiz, Gonzalez in position | WEEI: Why Yale's Ryan Lavarnway is rooting for a Harvard Alum

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