Doubront hopes to carry momentum into 1st start

Doubront hopes to carry momentum into 1st start
April 2, 2014, 8:30 pm
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BALTIMORE -- Felix Doubront had a rough stretch toward the end of spring training, but righted things with a strong outing in his final Grapefruit League start.

Last Friday, Doubront figured some things out and limited the Minnesota Twins to a single run in five innings while striking out seven.

It was exactly the momentum boost Doubront needed going into his first regular-season start, Thursday night, against the Baltimore Orioles.

"I treated that game like it was the regular season,'' said Doubront of the final spring game. "It was like the season was [already] starting for me. I tried to go out there and think a lot about what I had to do and it went well.''

That outing came after two straight poor starts -- both against AL East opponents. Previously, Doubront was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings against the Yankees. Next up was anotherpoor outing that saw him allow eight runs on 10 hits to Tampa Bay.

Fortunately for Doubront, the spring ended on a positive note.

"That fired me up,'' said Doubront. "The work I did in that game is that work I have to do in the regular season. I hope it stays like that way the whole season because that will be big for me.''

Doubront was more dedicated to his conditioning work this past winter, as a result, said he feels "really good, physically and mentally.''

In better shape and more confident, he was wants to keep things relatively simple as the 2014 season gets underway.

"I'm just concentrating on throwing strikes and going deep into the game,'' he said. "I can use all the experiences that I had last year and use it to just focus this year. Sometimes I want to do too much. I've learned from the past. I just want to have some fun.''