Doubront struggles in start against Yankees

Doubront struggles in start against Yankees
September 7, 2013, 1:30 am
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NEW YORK -- The Red Sox pounded out 12 runs, earned their fourth straight victory and guaranteed themselves of nothing less than a split in their four-game series with the Yankees Friday night.

But the news wasn't all good.

Starter Felix Doubront stumbled badly again, allowing six runs on three hits and six walks. He was lifted with two outs in the fourth inning and has yet to pitch into the fifth in four of his last six outings.

In his last seven starts, Doubront has compiled an unsightly 5.35 ERA.

"It's about his command,'' said manager John Farrell. "His velocity is down a little bit. I know last year, he went through a similar stretch late in the season where the command and the walks continued to pile up and he was a little erratic.

"So we've got some off-days coming up and Clay (Buchholz's) pending return...we've got some things we've got to kind of work through here and see what's best for us and Felix as well.''

But while Farrell theorized that fatigue might be an issue for the lefty, Doubront offered another reason.

"I feel like mechanically, it's a little bit off,'' said a downcast Doubront. "I don't know. I have no words for what happened
today. Things didn't happen tonight. I don't know. I have to figure out something in the next five days.''

Doubront rejected the suggestion that he was tiring from the workload. He's thrown 154 innings so far, nearly as many as he threw all of last year (161 innings) with three weeks still to go.

"Not really,'' he said. "I think it's more mechanics. Like I  said, I feel like I can throw hard, but I don't want to overthrow
because things are going to be worse. I was trying to figure out something with my mechanics during the game, but that didn't work.

"But physically, I'm fine. My arm feels good.''