Doubront a bit rusty after long layoff

Doubront a bit rusty after long layoff
April 17, 2013, 12:15 am
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CLEVELAND -- In a perfect world, Felix Doubront would have given the Red Sox another inning or two, allowing the bullpen to rest up for another night they might be needed.
     
Instead, Doubront was done after five innings, his pitch count at 104 pitches after just 15 outs.
     
Still, as manager John Farrell pointed out after the Red Sox dusted Cleveland 7-2, Tuesday night, there were extenuating circumstances: Thanks to last Friday's rainout and the injury to John Lackey, Doubront was pitching on 10 days' rest.
     
"Probably [because he] skipped a start, he wasn't as sharp as we'd like and things got a little dicey in the fifth inning," said Farrell. "But he stayed away from a crooked number on the scoreboard and we made the seven runs (that the team scored in the second inning) hold up.
     
"I'm sure the [time off] had something to do with it, there's no question. You go from starting every five days through spring training and then we bump him, give him a [simulated] game. But fortunately we were able to lengthen some things out early and had the benefit of some room on the scoreboard."
     
"My timing [was off]," agreed Doubront. "It was tough tonight. It's been a while since I threw my last game. But I did enough to get through that hard fifth inning and get the win."
     
The lefty said his tempo was off throughout the start and catcher David Ross noted that Doubront seemed to have difficulty repeating his delivery.
     
It didn't help that Doubront had to sit in the dugout while the Sox sent 12 men to the plate, scoring all seven of their runs, in the second,
     
"It's hard to get it going again [after sitting so long]," Doubront said. "I was frustrated with my timing and the release point, but everything went well [in the end]. We got the win."
     
He took pride in working out of a jam in the fifth when two singles, two walks and a passed ball by Ross scored a run and gave the Indians the bases loaded with two out.
     
Doubront got Mark Reynolds to pop to second, stranding three.
     
"Minimizing the damage is important," he said. "That inning was tough for me. I was thinking, 'Just one pitch away,' and I threw a really good changeup to Reynolds and he popped it up. That's what I was looking for."