Doubront 'fine' after taking ball off head

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Doubront 'fine' after taking ball off head

BOSTON Felix Doubront gave the Red Sox a brief scare Tuesday afternoon when he was hit near his right ear by a ball off a fungo bat while playing catch in the outfield.

Doubront was checked by the medical staff and cleared. General manager Ben Cherington and assistant GM rushed through the clubhouse to check on Doubront after he was helped from the field.

I didnt see the ball, just came right to my ear, Doubront said. But Im fine. Im good.

Still, its frightening for a team to see anyone hit in the head with a ball.

Whenever anybody comes off the field you hold your breath but he tested fine, Bobby Valentine said. He feels good, he knows where he is, he knows where hes going la-de-dah. Thank goodness it just hit his ear. I think hes going to be just fine.

Doubront is 3-1 with a 4.46 ERA in seven starts this season. He beat Cleveland in his last start Saturday, going six innings, giving up a run on three this with two walks and five strikeouts.

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

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McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.