He lost all of his confidence. When Carl Crawford was dropped in the batting order by then-manager Terry Francona, the outfielder was rattled. As a perennial All-Star, he earned his reputation as a hitter in Tampa Bay at the top of the lineup.

That's why Monday's game was sweet for Crawford. Making his 2012 season debut for the Red Sox against, the 30-year-old returned to his comfort zone when skipper Bobby Valentine penciled him in the No. 2 hole.

"I can run as much as I want," Crawford said of hitting higher in the order. "Last year, I was limited to what I could do. Now I have the option to take off whenever I want to run, make the defense nervous, put pressure on them, make them think about me more than the hitter sometimes. I can basically do what I want to do."