Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford said early this week that things should be "a little more peaceful this year" without Young and Elijah Dukes. Young, traded to the Minnesota Twins in the offseason, responded by saying he and Dukes weren't the reason for the Rays' losses and "if it was us two, we weren't there from '98 to '06."
Crawford did not respond kindly today.
"These are exactly the the kind of distractions we were talking about with the Rays, a young guy popping off at the mouth, talking too much,'' Crawford said. "He needs to just shut up and play baseball."Really, he didn't respond kindly.
"I’ll be more than happy to say it to his face or any kind of other way that’ll make him understand what we mean."The Twins and Rays face each other in exhibition games March 4, 11 and 26. Their first regular-season game against each other is April 16.