Crawford inspiring confidence in rookie year

Crawford inspiring confidence in rookie year

Crawford inspiring confidence in rookie year
TORONTO -- Rookie Evan Crawford is building his manager's trust, something evidenced during Toronto's series-closing victory against the Mariners on Sunday.

When John Farrell pulled starter Henderson Alvarez in the seventh inning of Sunday's game, he turned to the lefty. It's becoming clear Farrell is trusting his reliever in high-leverage situations, regardless of the lineup he's facing.

"That kind of shows that if there is depth to your bullpen, then you've got opportunities to win games when some other guys need days down, and that was certainly the case Sunday," Farrell said.

Farrell continues to speak very highly of Crawford, and he's giving him reasons to continue, as he's yet to allow a run over four appearances.

Although Farrell said that Crawford will be used more often when some of his other veteran arms are unavailable because of frequent use, he's doing everything he can to warrant more action.