Doubront brings 'good stuff' for Sox despite loss


Doubront brings 'good stuff' for Sox despite loss

BALTIMORE -- Felix Doubront made just one mistake Tuesday night. But that was one too many.

Doubront fanned a career-high nine and allowed just four hits over six innings. But one of the hits was a two-run homer to Steve Tolleson, which was enough to help the Baltimore Orioles post a 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

"Felix had his good stuff," said Bobby Valentine. "He was battling the whole way. He just happened to pick the night when the opposing pitcher (Brian Matusz) had good stuff and shut us down."

"Those things happen," shrugged Doubront, 4-2. "I just tried to stay calm and go deep into the game to get a chance to let our guys do the job and score some runs."

After allowing Tolleson's shot in the second, the rookie lefty retired 13 of his last 15 batters, including the final three by strikeout. In fact, five of the last seven outs Doubront recorded were by strikeout.

"All my pitches were working," said Doubront, "two-seamer, changeup"

After the homer by Tolleson in the fourth, Doubront really seemed to get locked in. He allowed just two hits -- both singles -- the rest of the way.

"I said to myself, 'I better get going,'" recounted Doubront, "and make better pitches and stay in the routine."

Doubront was surprised to learn that he had racked up nine stirkeouts.

"I just tried to get them out -- strikeout, ground balls," he said. "I never try to strike anyone out. If I strike them out, it's OK."

He credited his two-seamer with getting him groundout and flyouts, but still hasn't been able to get over the six-inning hump. With his pitch count typically high, he's pitched into the seventh inning only once in nine starts.

"I'd like all of our guys to go nine complete," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "I don't really know why (his pitch count climbs) because he's attacking guys. So it's not a lack of (aggressiveness) and nitpicking. He's going after guys, they're fouling balls off and maybe we're falling behind, but not for a lack of going after guys."

Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches


Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
Jake Odorizzi RHP 

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident


Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.