Devil Rays 5, Boston 2. Three games against the Red Devils and three wins. Tim Corcoran won his third straight start to improve to 3-0 and his ERA now stands at 1.69. Despite his great start, we are not convinced that Corky is long for the starting rotation. It appears as though the team, and Corcoran himself still believe that his longterm value to the team is as a relief pitcher. This is pretty evident as Corcoran still pitches from the stretch even when nobody is on base, a practice used by most relievers. However, if he continues to put up impressive numbers, he may force the team to rethink their plans for Corcoran. Last night he worked into the 7th inning and despite some control problems he only allowed 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 hit batter. Still, the star of the game was once again Carl Crawford. C. C. went 2-3 with with 2 RBI and 3 stolen bases. The most exciting number for Carl? His 1 run scored. In the 4th inning Crawford led off with a single up the middle. He then stole his second base of the game. He then moved up to third on Aubrey Huff’s ground out. Finally, with 2 outs, C. C. took advantage of former Devil Ray pitcher Jason Johnson who was working from the wind up and stole home. Many people say that the most exciting play in baseball is the inside-the-park home run. If that is true, then the straight steal of home is a very close second. The play brought about an eruption from both the crowd and his teammates. If Carl can continue to play the way he has the past month, next year he won’t have to depend on the manager to be named to the All-Star team. His numbers will start to be noticed by fans everywhere. He is too exciting of a player not to be noticed.



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