Sitting with a record of 2-10, the Boston Red Sox were certainly a team looking for answers. On Saturday afternoon, manager Terry Francona decided to take matters into his own hands.
Francona gave the lineup a new look, starting Jed Lowrie at shortstop and leading off, and giving the slumping Carl Crawford a day off against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lowrie has been on fire at the plate, picking up where he left off last year, when he returned from a spate of injuries that had sidelined him for the better part of two seasons.
The early returns are excellent, as Lowrie smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 early lead. Lowrie thus far is 2-4, and is hitting .476 on the young season.
Crawford was clearly in need of a day off, stumbling out of the gate thus far to a .140 start at the plate. While the new look lineup seen today certainly is not a permanent solution for the Sox, it gives Crawford a chance to ease the pressure a bit and extra time at the cage to work out his early season slump.
When Crawford does return to the lineup, he could be pushed down further in the batting order until he works out his issues, and with Lowrie continuing to swing a hot bat, Marco Scutaro could find some extended time on the bench as well.
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