Red-hot Carl Crawford settling in

Updated: May 27, 2011, 8:28 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- When Carl Crawford first arrived in Boston, he demonstrated the respect he held for the Red Sox legacy of great left-fielders by referring to "Mr. Rice" when speaking of Hall of Famer Jim Rice. Their company, he said, was something he was eager to join.

Then Crawford spent his first month in town hitting like Jeremy Hermida, another import from Florida who was gone by July. He was out of synch, out of sorts, out of a job as a top-of-the-order hitter for the Red Sox. He was ...

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