Rays get first look at CC on Thursday
UPDATE, 12:58: Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was looking forward to seeing Crawford, congratulating and thanking him. And also to get that first meeting out of the way.
"I have not had the chance in person to tell him how much I appreciate what he had done for us,'' Maddon said. "I’m looking forward to seeing it. I’m sure that he’s going to have a lot of things going on probably with our group as a whole, and maybe the fan base, too. But we play each other so many times, let’s just get over it and move on.’’
UPDATE, 10:45: Crawford, to Boston Globe, on facing Rays: "It was going to happen eventually. I'll go wherever they tell me. I'll be happy to see those guys."
DEVELOPING: The Rays will get their first look at what Carl Crawford looks like in red on Thursday, as Crawford is scheduled to make the trip to Port Charlotte with the Red Sox.
Crawford left the Rays after nine seasons to sign a seven-year, $142-million deal with the Sox.
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