• Crockett's demotion wasn't because of anything he did, Francona said on Thursday. The manager isn't even thinking of it as a demotion -- the rookie with the 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings was simply a casualty of necessary roster moves. "This is not something that we wanted to do," Francona said. "I don't doubt that he's going to be back here and helping us win."
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.