BOSTON -- Jake Peavy or Felix Doubront?
"Personal preference of maybe a little bit more [of a] known commodity as far as dependability of getting deeper into a game," is how manager John Farrell explained his decision to roll with Peavy in Game 1.
"Not to say it's always a guarantee, but that's what you go by. Just knowing that you've got a guy that can hopefully keep a bullpen from getting overexposed early and look to have guys fresh for Game 2."
It was the second start of the season for Doubront in which he lasted 2.2 innings. That came on April 8 in a 10-7 loss to the Rangers. The two starts following that one, however, he pitched into the seventh inning and kept the Red Sox competitive.
"He's shown flashes in April that were better than times in April of a year ago. He's going to keep getting the ball. We've gotta do what we can to have those in-game adjustments happen a little bit more readily because the work he's following, the routine he's following, all of that remains to be consistent from start to start."
"We're hopeful that when he takes the mound tomorrow night, we're going to get a start like we have a couple of times already this year," Farrell said. "As we have with Clay [Buchholz] or Jake [Peavy] or John [Lackey], we address things as they come up. I can't sit here today and say that we're going to bump him in the rotation a turn just to address some things. We're confident he'll go out and put together a good game tomorrow."