Carl Crawford’s sudden surge fuels another Red Sox rout

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Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians.  As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game.

It’s the first time in his career that Crawford has had back-to-back four-hit days and the eighth time he tripled twice.  He homered and doubled twice on Wednesday, giving him five extra-base hits in two days, and he’s raised his average from .212 to .240.

With Crawford streaking, the Red Sox have won their last two games by a combined score of 28-3.  Today they roughed up one of the AL’s best pitchers in Max Scherzer.  They’re the first team since the Rangers on Aug. 10 & 12, 2008 to score 14 runs in back-to-back games.

(Incidentally, the 2008 Rangers lost the second of those games, 19-17, to the Red Sox.)

Report: Rangers to receive Matt Moore from Giants

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have traded left-hander Matt Moore to the Rangers. The deal is pending a physical and has yet to be confirmed by the clubs. Shea adds that the Rangers are expected to receive several prospects in return.

Moore, 28, was brought over to the Giants in 2016 in a deadline swap for shortstop Matt Duffy and two minor leaguers. He went 6-15 in his first full season with the Giants, producing a 5.52 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 32 starts and 174 1/3 innings in 2017. Moore stands to earn $9 million in 2018 and has a $10 million club option (and $1 million buyout) on his contract in 2019.

According to both Shea and Henry Schulman, the move is part of the Giants’ ongoing quest to shed payroll this offseason. After missing out on Giancarlo Stanton, the club still needs reinforcements in the outfield and will have to fill a void at third base as well — all while steering clear of the luxury tax threshold. Right fielder Hunter Pence has reportedly been floated as a trade option, but has a full no-trade clause and will likely be harder to move. The Rangers, meanwhile, will add Moore to a starting rotation that already boasts left-handers Cole Hamels, Mike Minor and Martin Perez.