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Former Red Sox' Stars Ellsbury, Crawford On Opposite End of Outfield Spectrum


Taking our minds off the hapless Red Sox outfield for a moment, let's take a look at two highly-paid old friends who moved on to greener pastures.

Reports of Jacoby Ellsbury's demise with the Yankees have been greatly exaggerated, while Carl Crawford could indeed be on the back nine in LA.

While Ellsbury wasn't in the Yankees starting lineup for last night's rainout in Kansas City -- right hip soreness -- the former Red Sox center fielder is one of the few bright spots offensively for Joe Girardi.

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Ellsbury -- who slumped a bit for the Yankees in May -- currently has a 13-game hitting streak entering tonight's game in Seattle. The $153 million center fielder in pinstripes is hitting .385 (20-for-52) during the stretch, the longest hitting streak by a Yankee this season.

Carl Crawford -- who had nothing but unkind things to say about his stay in Boston since being traded to the Dodgers in 2012 -- may not have a starting job waiting for him when he returns from his latest stint on the disabled list.

Crawford -- who is expected to be activated soon after suffering a sprained ankle -- is looking at a crowded Dodgers outfield and has not been promised a starting job when he returns. Crawford said Monday that he has not regained full strength and "explosiveness" in the ankle according the the LA Times.

Matt Kemp has taken Crawford's spot as the everyday left fielder for the Dodgers since Crawford's been out of the lineup. The former Red Sox free agent acquisition has started 35 of the Dodgers 64 games in left field.

"I don't know what I'm going to play when I get back," Crawford said according to the Times. "I just don't really know what my situation is going to be."

Crawford is batting .267/.293/.400 with four homers, 21 runs scored, and 18 RBIs and is making $20.25 million this season.