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Crawford a victim of scoreboard malfunction

LOS ANGELES -- The new scoreboards at Dodger Stadium didn't do the Dodgers and outfielder Carl Crawford any favors in the third inning of Friday's 3-0 win over the Pirates.

With Mark Ellis at the plate, Crawford was thrown out at second base by Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin. The count was 2-2 and Ellis took a pitch for a ball as Crawford, who reached on a fielder's choice, took off toward second. Crawford slowed down as he approached the bag, believing Ellis had walked, and was tagged out.

According to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, first-base umpire Gerry Davis told Crawford it was a full count. The right field scoreboard did not display the count at the time due to a malfunction.

"The umpire at first told him it was 3-2," Mattingly said after the game. "That's when the board wasn't working or something. So the umpire at first basically apologized to me. He looked over and said it was his fault. It's amazing how we rely on those scoreboards."

It was the second time Crawford was caught stealing in four games to open the season. He was thrown out trying to steal third by Giants catcher Buster Posey in the first inning on Opening Day in a 4-0 victory.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for
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