March 31, 2013

Up-down Doubront remains mystery

Felix Doubront pitches five scoreless innings but again gets better as the game progresses.

The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Farrell is trying to figure out how to get Felix Doubront to start an outing as well as he finishes it.

Felix Doubront
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Felix Doubront pitched five scoreless innings Saturday in his final tuneup for the regular season as Boston closed its exhibition schedule with a 4-2 win over the Twins.

The Associated Press

SEASON OPENER

WHO: Boston Red Sox (Lester 9-14) at New York Yankees (Sabathia 15-6)

WHEN: 1:05 p.m. Monday

TELEVISION: NESN, ESPN

Doubront pitched six-hit ball for five scoreless innings Saturday, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in the spring-training finale for both teams.

"Better as the outing went along," Farrell said. "We've seen it more than a couple of times this spring. He gets into that third inning and seems to get into a much better rhythm, a much better feel for his secondary stuff, and just overall more efficient. So as we've talked a number of times, the efficiency is something we continue to strive toward. But we can't force it, either. And throughout the course of the outing as we've seen, better touch and feel for his stuff."

Doubront had runners on base in every inning but the fourth.

"My goal is to throw less pitches or get a double play," he said. "I try to stay calm and make good pitches. If I have to strike somebody out, I can do that."

Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs and nine hits in 32/3 innings.

"Today we wanted to work on my slider and I think I got beat on it a lot," Pelfrey said. "I think that is my fourth-best pitch and I probably and gave up four, five hits on it. Not a great day for them but I guess it's a reason why it's my fourth-best pitch."

The Twins finished spring training with a record of 17-16.

"We have 25 guys who believe in each other but it's going to come down to starting pitching," Pelfrey said. "If we keep them in the ballgame we are going to win a lot. You win on pitching and defense. I like our chances."

NOTES: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who had been sidelined with a back tightness, had four at-bats in a minor league game. He's expected to be ready to start the season. ... Right-hander Vance Worley is scheduled to start the season opener Monday for the Twins at home against the Tigers. ... The Red Sox still haven't finalized their roster and aren't expected to do so until the 3 p.m. deadline Sunday. ... Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn't been officially added to the roster but will travel with the team to New York. ... Outfielder Ryan Sweeney opted out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox. He had the option to leave the team if he wasn't put on the major league roster by March 28. Boston has 48 hours to give him a counteroffer. ... Designated hitter David Ortiz, who has been sidelined all spring with sore heels related to his Achilles injury, will travel with the Red Sox to New York and return to the team's spring-training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., by next weekend to continue his rehab. ... Shortstop Stephen Drew, sidelined by concussion symptoms after being hit in the helmet by a pitch March 7, will stay in Fort Myers when the Red Sox leave. ... Backup catcher David Ross is expected to be behind the plate for Boston's third game of the season in New York. ... Left-hander Craig Breslow, who has been sidelined all spring with shoulder inflammation, will go with the Red Sox to New York for his bullpen session Monday, then return to Fort Myers. ... Left-hander Franklin Morales, who hasn't pitched since Feb. 27 because of a herniated disc, will remain in Fort Myers. ... Left-hander Jon Lester is scheduled to start the Monday opener for the Red Sox at New York.

 

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