Doubront hurls five shutout innings as Red Sox top Twins

Doubront hurls five shutout innings as Red Sox top Twins
March 28, 2014, 6:15 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Napoli hit a solo homer, his fourth of the spring, to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Friday.

Felix Doubront made the most of his fifth and final spring-training start, striking out seven and giving up two walks and seven hits in five innings. He lowered his spring ERA from 9.64 to 7.11.

"I have met my goals," Doubront said. "I have the mentality set to start the season. It was a better start than the last one. In spring training, I figured out a lot of things."

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he noticed the improvement.

"I thought he used his cutter a little bit more today than he has pretty much all spring," Farrell said. "We saw some pitching power. It was a good way to finish camp."

Napoli homered off of Twins starter Phil Hughes, and the ball landed on the grass-covered berm in left field.

"I got behind him a little bit," Hughes said. "He put his head down and hit it. It's one of those things. It's spring training."

Red Sox reserve Mike Carp started at first base and had two hits with an RBI and two runs scored.

Shane Victorino, who has been slowed by pain on his left side, started in center field for the Red Sox and went 1-for-4.