- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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First off, Terry Francona moved Carl Crawford to the leadoff spot and Jacoby Ellsbury down to eighth for this afternoon's game. Look, this makes perfect sense. Crawford is a better hitter than Ellsbury and despite his apparent reluctance to hit leadoff in Tampa Bay, it's the right move. Ellsbury is, at best, the team's seventh-best hitter and shouldn't be at the top of order.
Finally, join ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes and Joe McDonald along with cohorts from ESPNNewYork.com for a live chat during today's game. They'll kick things off around 2 p.m. ET.