FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The plans was for Felix Doubront, making his second start of the spring, to go three innings against the Braves on Friday.
But he was so good that he got to pitch longer.
The young left-hander allowed two hits in four scoreless innings with three strikeouts in the Red Sox' 4-1 win, and John Farrell liked what he saw.
"The one thing we've seen in Felix's two starts is that when he's misfired on a given pitch, he's making the adjustment on the very next one," Farrell said. "That's to me probably as encouraging a sign as any so far. But he's ahead in the count. He's been efficient. He was originally scheduled for three innings today, but the pitch count was so low we sent him back out for a fourth.
"He's in a comfortable place right now."