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.)

Yasiel Puig’s one-game suspension has been rescinded

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.

Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”

Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.

Video: Adrian Beltre hits his 450th career home run

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.

The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.

On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.