Crawford added a single in the seventh inning and is hitting .324 over his last nine games. Crawford, now in his 10th major league season, has 1,501 hits and 414 stolen bases.
Hit Streaks (while noting that Andre Ethier is at 29):
Jacoby Ellsbury: 12 games, 19-for-51, .373, 8 doubles, 12 runs, .418 OBP
Adrian Gonzalez: 10 games, 17-for-42, .405, 11 RBI
Gonzalez has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games (.361/.395/.528), dating back to April 16. Boston is 12-5 in that time.
Since his rough Opening day start, Jon Lester has a 1.54 ERA in six starts. Lester's overall ERA of 2.33 is 8th in the AL. ... Boston's pitching staff now has the 5th-lowest WHIP in the AL.
Using Dustin Pedroia's 13-pitch at-bat against Jered Weaver as a springboard, Michael Silverman talks to Jason Varitek, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia about other long at-bats they can remember - and finds their memories (from 2004, 2005 and 2007, respectively) extremely accurate.
Terry Francona said Kevin Youkilis was pulled from last night's lineup about 30 minutes before the first pitch:
He was really sick. We've got it going around. David [Ortiz] had it last night. We came real close last night [Monday] to taking David out. I'm glad he was OK [Flo singled and hit a two-run HR]. Youk was lightheaded before the game and struggling. He wanted to try it and then it wasn't going to happen.