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Carl Crawford Bats 2nd in Return to Red Sox Lineup Tonight

Carl Crawford (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford makes a much anticipated return from the disabled list tonight at Fenway Park, hitting second and playing left field. After signing a seven-year $142 million contract, Crawford was very disappointing in his first year for the Red Sox in 2011. Playing in 130 games, the speedster batted just .255 with a .289 on-base percentage while stealing just 18 bases.

In order to make room for Crawford on the roster, the team designated utility player Brent Lillibridge for assignment. Lillibridge was acquired by the Sox in the trade which sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago, and tonight Youkilis makes his first return to Fenway Park since. It should be interesting to see if Crawford plays well enough to maintain the second spot in the order when Dustin Pedroia returns later this week.

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