Boston’s Crawford plays in first rehab game



PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Carl Crawford has tested his strained left hamstring in his first rehabilitation game, going 1 for 2 while playing five innings Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Crawford batted third and played left field. He had a broken-bat RBI single to center in the first inning, walked in the third and grounded into a fielder’s choice in the fifth.

Crawford was placed on Boston’s disabled list June 18, a day after getting hurt while beating out an infield hit against Milwaukee.

He’s scheduled to play another rehab game Saturday night before joining Boston in Baltimore on Monday.

The speedy left-fielder the Red Sox gave a $142 million, seven-year free-agent contract is batting just .243 with only eight steals. But since hitting .155 in April, he’s batting .295.