Doubront can't get Sox back on track

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Doubront can't get Sox back on track

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Before Monday night, lefty Felix Doubront had made eight starts following a Red Sox' loss this season and the team managed to win seven of those, with Doubront sporting a 5-0, 2.76 ERA in those games.

But form didn't hold in the opener of the Sox' six-game road trip.

Doubront was shelled for six runs in five-plus innings, matching a career high in earned runs allowed as the Sox' losing streak reached four games with a 9-1 setback to the Texas Rangers.

"What happened was, I left a couple of pitches up," said Doubront, who fell to 10-5 with the defeat, "to the good hitters and they did damage with those pitches."

Doubront hadn't faced Texas before and found out in a hurry why the Rangers' lineup is regarded as one of the strongest in the league.

"They're pretty good hitters," acknowledged Doubront. "They're good and they put the ball in play and score runs."

"He missed with some location," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, "and you can't do that with a team like this. He couldn't get any off-speed stuff over for strikes and he had to rely on the fastball and they're a good fastball-hitting team."

After the four-run third, Doubront seemed to find himself, retiring eight of nine hitters at one point.

Doubront struck out catcher Mike Napoli twice, but the third time he faced him, Napoli ran the count full against the lefty.

"I wanted to show him a different pitch (in that third at-bat)," recalled Doubront. "(With two strikes on him), I thought it was strike three. I tried to throw a curve and it wasn't a strike. Then, I went with my best pitch, a fastball, and he got it."

Napoli drove the pitch deep into the left field seats for a two-run homer, lifting the Texas lead to 6-1 and ending Doubront's night.

"That happens," said Doubront. "We have to keep going and I'm just looking forward to my next start and helping the team better."

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”