With the Red Sox trailing the Texas Rangers by three runs in the fifth inning Wednesday, Carl Crawford lined a ball down the line in right field and sprinted around the bases, arriving at third base in what seemed like just a couple of seconds.

Crawford then scored on a double, helping keep the Sox in a game that they would eventually lose, 10-9.

"He's back," said teammate Cody Ross. "He's the Carl that I played against for a lot of years.

"Confidence is the No. 1 key for him. When he's swinging good, nobody can get him out and he creates havoc on the bases. It would have been nice to have him all year."