Boston Red Sox shake up lineup and bullpen for home opener

In the midst of its worst start to the beginning of the season since 1945, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced on Friday afternoon that Carl Crawford would beat leadoff in its home opener against the New York Yankees.

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In addition, reliever Dennys Reyes was designated for assignment and Matt Albers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat muscle. Reliever Alfredo Aceves was called up from Pawtucket, and Felix Doubront was activated from the DL to replace Reyes and Albers on the roster.

The Sox, who dropped their first six games to mark their worst start in 66 years, are literally trying whatever they can to shake up a team that has been befuddled by its awful start.

Francona approached Crawford about switching to the leadoff position in the batting order while traveling back from Cleveland, and Crawford was agreeable.

“We’re trying to find something to get in a groove, anything that will work,” Crawford told NESN.com.

The shift also means that Adrian Gonzalez will move up to third in the order, a position in the batting lineup more familiar for him, and which will enable A-Gone to get to bat in the first inning.

Gonzalez is currently hitting .304, the best on the team, and five of the current starters are currently hitting under .200.

“We wanted to get Adrian up so he hits in the three-hole and that’s the best way to do it,” Francona said. “The best thing of all is [Gonzalez] getting up in the first inning.”

John Lackey takes the hill for the Sox this afternoon against the Bronx Bombers to begin a 10-game homestand, one in which the Sox hope their fortunes will turn around, and quickly.

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