Doubront gets final spot over Thornton

Doubront gets final spot over Thornton
October 3, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Felix Doubront has beaten out fellow lefty Matt Thornton for the Red Sox final ALDS bullpen spot.

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BOSTON - Felix Doubront has edged out Matt Thornton as seventh pitcher in the bullpen for the team's Division Series roster, a baseball source
confirmed Thursday.
     
The Red Sox announced earlier this week that they would carry 11 pitchers, and thus, seven relievers in their best-of-five series which
begins Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
      
Closer Koji Uehara along with Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman, Franklin Morales and Ryan Dempster were considered certain.
      
That left a choice between left-handers Doubront and Thornton, with Doubront winning out.
      
That came as something of a surprise, given that Doubront had a rough outing in relief on Sunday in Baltimore, the final game of the regular
season. Doubront allowed five runs in an inning and a third against the Orioles and, according to manager John Farrell, had expressed some reservations about pitching in relief after being in the rotation for almost the entire season.
      
Still, Doubront apparently had an attitude adjustment subsequent to the weekend and helped himself further with a good showing in relief in the
simulated game at Fenway on Wednesday afternoon.
      
"I was just feeling how many throws I'm going to do in the bullpen to warm quick," he said. "[Pitching out of the bullpen in the sim game] helped too, just being in the bullpen, getting my mind set for one inning.''
      
It's hoped that Doubront's stuff will play up in relief, where he needn't worry about preserving himself to throw 100 or more pitches.
      
"You have to save as a starter,'' he said. "and you have to save more velocity. But relieving, you give everything for one hitter, one inning, two innings. It's fun."
      
The move is sure to come as a disappointment to Thornton, 37, who was obtained in early July in a deal with the Chicago White Sox, with the Red Sox sending outfield prospect Brandon Jacobs to Chicago.
      
Thornton was obtained shortly after lefty Andrew Miller was lost for the season with a foot injury. Thornton missed time in August with an oblique strain, but seemed to have lost the confidence of Farrell in September, when he  pitched just five times in the final 18 games.
      
In all, Thornton appeared in 20 games for the Red Sox, with a 3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.