Doubront goes five scoreless in 4-2 win over Twins

Doubront goes five scoreless in 4-2 win over Twins
March 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – In his final tune-up of the spring, in the Red Sox’ spring finale, left-hander Felix Doubront went five scoreless innings, giving up six hits and a walk with six strikeouts and  a hit batter, as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 4-2.
 
Doubront threw 87 pitches, 59 for strikes.
 
“Better as the outing went along,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “We’ve seen it more than a couple of times this spring. He gets into that third inning and seems to get into a much better rhythm, a much better feel for his secondary stuff, and just overall more efficient. So as we’ve talked a number of times, the efficiency is something we continue to strive towards. But we can’t force it either. And throughout the course of the outing as we’ve seen, better touch and feel for his stuff.”
 
In five spring outings, Doubront went a combined 18 innings, giving up six runs on 20 hits and six walks with 22 strikeouts, for an ERA of 3.00.  His next start is scheduled for Friday in Toronto.
 
Doubront, who was slowed by shoulder and conditioning issues at the start of spring training, went one more inning than the four the other starters have pitched in their final spring outings.
 
“The way he had gotten into a better rhythm in the third and fourth, wanted to continue
to stick with that,” Farrell said. “He was a little bit slowed coming out in camp and felt like a good work day today. He’s going to have an extra day before his next outing, so that was the idea behind it.”
 
Doubront had runners on base in every inning but the fourth, but managed to strand all of them.
 
“I’m good at that,” he said. “With men in scoring position, men on base, I’m good.
 
“My goal is to throw less pitches or get a double play. I try to stay calm and make good pitches. If I have to strike somebody out, I can do that.”
 
The Red Sox got a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, taking second on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout and scoring on Mike Napoli’s single.
 
With two outs in the second, Daniel Nava’s single scored Will Middlebrooks, who singled and stole second base, putting the Sox up 2-0.
 
The Red Sox added two in the fourth when Shane Victorino’s two-out single scored Nava and Jose Iglesias.
 
Koji Uehara replaced Doubront, going two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout.  In 10 games, spanning 9 2/3 innings, this spring, he did not allow a run, giving up four hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts.
 
The Twins got an unearned run off Andrew Bailey in the eighth, and another run in the  ninth of closer Joel Hanrahan. It was the first run Hanrahan had given up since allowing four in one-third of an inning March 7 against the Twins. He finished the spring with an ERA of 7.56, allowing 10 runs in 8 1/3 innings.