Boston Red Sox: Carl Crawford and 5 Players Most Responsible for Hot Streak

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Boston Red Sox: Carl Crawford and 5 Players Most Responsible for Hot Streak
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Left Fielder Carl Crawford

What a difference a month can make in the baseball universe.

The Boston Red Sox will begin the month of June with a 30-26 record, good enough for second place in the American League East. The team got there in a hurry, digging themselves out of the basement of their division in one month's time.

At the beginning of May, the Sox were in shambles. By May 1st the team had played 27 games and their record never once reached the .500 mark, after struggling mightily out of the gate. It took until May 15th, when Boston compiled a 20-20 record, to finally reach that feat and the team earned their first positive record two days later. 

The Sox weren't done with their ascension. By May 26th the team's record of 28-22, which tied them for the lead in the East, and one day later Boston took sole ownership of first place. The Sox ranked dead last in their division on May 6th, and just 20 days later they laid claim to first. 

After a four-game slide, Boston currently sits a game-and-a-half back of New York and they'll be gearing up for another run at first when they play again on June 3rd.

Now let's take a look at just who is responsible for this incredible turn around in Beantown, over the last month.

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