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Why Crawford should hit leadoff

Francona isn't going to put him there, but it might make the most sense for the Sox

Updated: March 11, 2011, 4:21 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Terry Francona's biggest challenge this spring will be constructing his lineup.

It's a nice problem to have for the Boston Red Sox's manager. With new weapons like Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Francona almost can't go wrong. But a good lineup is a delicate mix of statistics, roles, egos and comfort levels. Once it's set, the latter factors make it harder to change.

At this point, it looks like Jacoby Ellsbury will hit leadoff, with Crawford hitting either ...

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