Backup outfielders play leading roles

MVP Crawford, Granderson, Jones make game-changing plays for American League

Originally Published: July 14, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Carl Crawford's Tampa Bay teammates watched him steal six bases in a win over Boston in early May, and they saw him lead the American League in triples each year from 2004 through 2006, so they're aware of his ability to take over games with his tools and make the extraordinary seem commonplace.

It was especially nice for Crawford's buddies to watch him play superstar before a packed house and a national TV audience instead of the obligatory 23,000 fans at Tropicana Field, ...

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