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Crawford agreed to a one-year, $3.175 million contract with the Giants to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Locked in as the Giants' starting shortstop, Crawford is coming off the finest offensive season of his career, having posted a .246/.324/.389 slash line in 2014, with 10 home runs, 69 RBI, 54 runs and five stolen bases. He oddly had a massive reverse-platoon split, which can largely be explained by his .404 BABIP against left-handed pitchers, compared to a .262 mark versus right-handers. His career-long numbers hint at a slight preference for facing right-handers, as he strikes out much more often against southpaws, but also hits more ground balls. Given his middling power and cavernous home park, Crawford probably doesn't want to put too many balls in the air.

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Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This was likely a no-brainer for manager Bruce Bochy, as Crawford is just 1-for-17 with six strikeouts in his career against Wednesday's starter Clayton Kershaw. Joaquin Arias will take over at short, but look for Crawford to be back in there Thursday to face the Padres' Andrew Cashner.

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Crawford went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's win over Arizona.

Crawford has been heating up at the plate over his last six games, going 8-for-20 (.400) with a homer and six RBI over that span. He is a player who can get hot for stretches, and now would be the time to take a look at him if you need a little pop from your shortstop position.

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Crawford is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News.

Crawford, who tallied five hits over his last four games, will sit in favor of Joaquin Arias with the Giants facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.

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Crawford doubled, homered, and walked in four plate appearances Friday against the Dodgers.

Yes, sometimes he does look like a legitimate offensive threat. Crawford is still batting just .238/.320/.381, but with nine homers, at least he has a little pop for a middle infielder.

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Crawford is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports.

A pair of three-hit games this month have helped ease concerns regarding Crawford's bat, but with lefty Wade Miley on the hill for Arizona on Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy will turn to Joaquin Arias to man short. Crawford may very well continue to sit against tough lefties, but he should be in there to face nearly all opposing right-handers.

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Crawford (shoulder/hip) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.

Crawford was officially listed as taking a rest day Saturday despite the hip and shoulder injuries, and it appears justified as he is back in the lineup today, batting ninth.

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Crawford is out of the lineup Saturday with a sore hip and shoulder, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports.

He's going to get some treatment Saturday, and it's just being labeled a rest day, so he should be back in the lineup in short order. Matt Duffy will get the start at shortstop Saturday.

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Crawford is out of the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

Crawford missed some time late last month with a shoulder concern but his absence Saturday does not appear to be related. Rather, it seems manager Bruce Bochy is just sitting Crawford with tough lefty David Price on the hill for Detroit. Matt Duffy gets the nod at short.

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Crawford (shoulder) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his fourth stolen base of the season Saturday.

Crawford has been battling a minor shoulder injury for almost a week now, but Saturday's performance is a good sign that he is starting to overcome it. He is known for getting hot for stretches of time, so if he truly is over the shoulder soreness, then Saturday's multi-hit game may be the start of something.