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Crawford showing signs of coming around

April was a month to forget for Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. A first- or second-round pick in most fantasy baseball drafts, the high-priced free agent was hitting .181 through the first 26 games of the season.

The first threegames of May, however, have shown a glimpse of what the Red Sox expect from Crawford. He's gone 6 for 11 in the season's second month, with two runs, a steal and an RBI. One advanced statistic in fantasy baseball also shows Crawford has been a bit unlucky in the early going.

His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was just .209 through those first 26 games. His career low in that stat is .297 in 2008 with the Rays. The past two years, he's had an identical .342 average, a high number that's helped by his ability to leg out infield hits. For his career, he's got a .327 BABIP, so it should be expected his number will increase in that category as the season goes on.

That's good news for the Sox, as well as fantasy players. If a nervous owner has made Crawford available in your league, make an offer. You could end up with a bargain.

---Jay Skurski