BOSTON -- Fresh off a 4-for-4 night in which he had three doubles, Carl Crawford was asked if he thought the 2010 season was going to be his best season as a Major Leaguer.
"I've been trying to make it my best season," Crawford said. "We've got three more weeks left, [so] we'll have to see, but I definitely hope this is my best season. I'm trying my best to play as well as I can, but I do that every year. I try my best every year. For some reason, it's been a little bit better this year."
When Crawford was told that many people believe he's having his best season because the Rays are in postseason contention and he's in the final year of his contract with Tampa Bay, the left fielder said: "I'd say they were right about both of those things -- and the fact that I understand things a little better.
"I'm learning the game a little more, too. You never stop learning. I know it's easy to say, 'Yeah, we're winning and he's contract motivated.' But I've learned a lot over the last two years, and that's been helping me on the field this year."
Crawford has been hitting third in the Rays' lineup of late, a move that he said seemed to help the lineup "a lot."
"We've been scoring runs," Crawford said. "[Manager Joe Maddon] wanted to shake things up. I never looked at myself as a three-hole hitter just because of my past. ... It's been working for us as a team, so I have no problem with that."