Final tally on Crawford

ST. PETERSBURG — Carl Crawford ended up reaching base all five times and stealing a club-record six bases. He became just the fourth player to steal six bases in a single game (it’s been done a total of five times, though). The last time it happened was when Eric Young did it on June 30, 1996, against the Dodgers.

The Rays’ 8 steals in the game was also a franchise record.
One thing that won’t show up in the box score: With two outs and the Rays sporting a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, Crawford’s speed also allowed him to beat out an infield single to score Jason Bartlett from third base for an insurance run.
Troy Percival then got the save, and the Rays beat the Red Sox, 5-3.
— Alden Gonzalez


Bill, any thoughts to moving Upton out of the leadoff spot and installing Crawford, since Crawford is en fuego and Upton, um, isn’t?

I agree. Bartlet is batting over 300, Upton less than 200. How many more runs with people on ahead of Crawford, Longone & Pena? Most of our runs come from the long ball. Manufacturing runs would allow us to move up in the standings quickly.

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