by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/18/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront had never thrown a pitch in the eighth inning in a game in which he started in his major-league career -- until Tuesday against Tampa Bay, that is.
Doubront started the second game of a doubleheader for the Red Sox and took a no-decision after eight shutout innings due to Andrew Bailey's blown save in the ninth.
Doubront held a 1-0 lead before Bailey gave up a game-tying solo homer to Kelly Johnson. Doubront gave up just three hits and did not walk a batter to go along with six strikeouts. He threw 93 pitches and lowered his ERA to 4.38.
Doubront has been giving the Red Sox a chance to win, though his last victory came on June 1 at the Yankees. He is expected to make his next appearance Sunday at Detroit.
Boston sets rotation for doubleheader
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/17/2013) The Boston Red Sox have announced the scheduled pitching matchups for Tuesday's doubleheader against Tampa Bay, the Boston Herald reports Monday.
Alfredo Aceves will get the ball for the make-up game of April 12's rainout. That game will begin at 1:05 p.m. Felix Doubront will then take the hill in the nightcap beginning at 7:05.
Felix Doubront to start during doubleheader
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/15/2013) The Red Sox will push up the date of Felix Doubront's next start, WEEI.com reports Saturday. Doubront will start one of the games of the doubleheader against the Rays with Clay Buchholz not going to be able to make that outing.
Doubront struggled his last time out Thursday against Baltimore. Doubront has allowed seven runs -- six earned -- combined over his last two starts (10 2/3 innings).
Felix Doubront hit hard in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/13/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront endured a rough outing but escaped with a no-decision Thursday night against the Orioles.
Doubront surrendered three runs in the third, including a solo home run to Danny Valencia. The left-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and one walk while striking out five in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Doubront has allowed seven runs -- six earned -- combined over his last two starts (10 2/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Rays at Fenway Park. He is 2-1 with a 4.99 ERA in five appearances (four starts) at home.
Felix Doubront suffers losing decision
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (6/8/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront had a so-so outing Saturday and Franklin Morales was worse against the Angels. With Doubront the starter, he suffered the loss.
Doubront gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks over six innings to fall to 4-3 on the season with a 4.84 ERA. He struck out four and threw 97 pitches. Morales came on after him and gave up four runs over two-thirds of an inning.
Doubront has given up four runs over his last two starts and allowed more than two runs Saturday for the first time since giving up six back on May 8 against Minnesota. Doubront has been pitching well and makes his next start Thursday at Baltimore.
Felix Doubront stays sharp vs. Yankees
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/2/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront enjoyed a solid outing as he picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday against the Yankees. Doubront (4-2) surrendered one run on six hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings of work in an 11-1 victory.
Doubront has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Friday at home against the Angels. He is 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in four appearances (three starts) at home.
The starter Sunday is now to be determined with Clay Buchholz a possibility. Buchholz continues to feel discomfort under his collarbone and may have to be skipped.
Doubront, 25, has started eight games this year and made nine appearances overall. He's gone 3-2 with a 5.29 ERA. That said, he's allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts all spanning at least five innings.
Felix Doubront avoids loss thanks to late rally
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/26/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront avoided a loss Sunday against the Indians after Boston rallied for a 6-5 win in the ninth inning. The left-hander allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in six innings.
Doubront struck out eight and allowed two home runs. He's winless in his last five outings (0-2), but he's allowed no more than two earned runs in three-straight starts.
Doubront's next start is Friday against the Yankees.
Felix Doubront headed in 'the right direction'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) After skipping one start to work on his mechanics and confidence, the results have been positive for Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront. He might be 0-1 in two starts since returning to the rotation, but he has a 3.27 ERA and .205 opponents' batting average in those outings.
Doubront opened the season with a 5.67 ERA and .302 opponents' batting average in his first five starts.
"He’s onto something with the adjustments he’s made," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per The Boston Globe. "I thought (Tuesday against the White Sox) was another positive step for him."
Doubront is also pleased with the turnaround.
"Working every day. I’m seeing the results," Doubront said. "Everything is going in the right direction right now. Just looking forward to my next outing."
Felix Doubront decent in defeat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront didn't pitch poorly on Tuesday in Chicago. Unfortunately, he still suffered the loss to fall to 3-2 on the year.
Jose Quintana was no-hitting the Red Sox until deep in the game and Boston lost 3-1. Doubront allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks over six innings in the defeat. He struck out three and allowed a two-run homer to Jeff Keppinger in the fifth inning. Doubront's ERA is at 5.61.
The 25-year-old has given up just two runs in each of his last two starts with 10 Ks over that span of 11 innings. Still, he's walking too many and hasn't earned a win since moving to 3-0 back on April 27. His next scheduled outing comes Sunday against Cleveland.
Felix Doubront settles for no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront, who had not started a game since May 3, endured some command issues as he failed to factor into the decision during Thursday's start against the Rays.
Doubront, who made his sixth start of the season, surrendered a solo home run to Ryan Roberts in the second. The left-hander was charged with two runs and three hits over five innings of work. He struck out seven and walked six in a 4-3 victory.
Doubront lowered his ERA from 6.40 to 6.03 after Thursday's start. He is scheduled to take the hill Tuesday night on the road against the White Sox. He went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts last season against the White Sox.
Felix Doubront needs to create 'own luck'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) After having a career-low .314 BABIP in 2012, Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront has compiled a .420 BABIP through his first six outings (five starts) heading into Thursday's start against the Rays.
"I don’t want to just throw it up to luck," manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald. "You create your own luck and create your own situations to put up a zero and shut an inning off after you’ve recorded two outs."
Doubront will start Thursday for the first time since May 8. The extended layoff was planned to give Doubront the opportunity to throw two bullpen sessions and work with pitching coach Juan Nieves to adjust his stride. The hope is Doubront will generate better velocity and improved command.
"Figuring out little things in my mechanics that help me to stay in line, to stay repeating my delivery and throw more strikes down in the zone," Doubront said. "That kind of helps."
Felix Doubront working on stride
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront made an extra bullpen session appearance Tuesday in advance of his upcoming start Thursday at Tampa Bay, WEEI.com reports.
Manager John Farrell said he wanted Doubront to work on his stride direction so he doesn't have to throw across his body. The Red Sox believe that could help restore some of his velocity.
"We felt like there are times when he starts to drive to home plate, he can be a little bit off-line and I think that’s affected some of the overall consistency with location to his stuff," Farrell said. "That’s what’s been worked on with the multiple bullpens that he and [pitching coach Juan Nieves] have gone through."
Felix Doubront set to start Thursday
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront will be added back to the starting rotation in order to start Thursday's game at Tampa Bay, the Boston Herald reports. Doubront was shifted to the bullpen earlier this week, but the move was only considered temporary and his replacement, Allen Webster, struggled mightily.
Red Sox manager John Farrell critical of Felix Doubront
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Although Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront will rejoin the rotation following his temporary demotion to the bullpen, manager John Farrell was still overly critical of the left-handed hurler following Wednesday's game against the Twins. Doubront threw 105 pitches in 5 1/3 relief innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits and two walks.
"The one thing that’s a little concerning with Felix is that, while he’ll get ahead of certain hitters, he lacks the ability to put guys away," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "And we’ve seen that the last two outings from him."
Felix Doubront headed back to rotation
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday after losing 15-8 to the Twins that he plans to keep Felix Doubront in the rotation, MassLive.com reports.
Doubront's next start may get pushed back, however, due to an off day. Allen Webster was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following his spot start Wednesday.
Doubront entered after Webster couldn't finish the second inning. He didn't look too good himself as he allowed six earned runs on 12 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Doubront threw 105 pitches, as he walked two and struck out four. His ERA is 6.40.
He actually went deeper in Wednesday's game than in three of his five starts.
Felix Doubront looks lost out there
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) The Red Sox shifted pitcher Felix Doubront from the rotation to the bullpen to help him work on his velocity issues. So of course, he was needed for a starter's workload Wednesday against the Twins.
Working just four days after his last outing, Doubront predictably showed no improvement.
Doubront allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and offered no signs that his velocity is where the team wants it to be. Doubront, who averaged 93.6 mph with his fastball a year ago, was at just 90.4 mph Wednesday. That is actually lower than the 91.1 mph average that raised so many eyebrows and led to his removal from the rotation.
There clearly are some mechanical issues at play with Doubront, and it seems like he simply cannot survive pitching consistently in the low 90s. The team hopes to get him back into the rotation at some point, but he is definitely going to have to earn it. Wednesday's outing should not give any Fantasy owners confidence that a return to the rotation is imminent.
Doubront is owned in 47 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues, but I would jump off that sinking ship. He looks a long way from where he needs to be.
Felix Doubront bypassed for one turn
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront assumed a spot in the bullpen after being replaced as the starter for Wednesday's game against Minnesota by prospect Allen Webster, the Boston Herald reports. Doubront, who suffered his first loss after being rocked for six runs and 12 hits in just 3 2/3 innings during his previous outing, is expected to return to a starting role during the next turn of the rotation.
Felix Doubront trying to regain velocity
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront focused on long-toss during his side session on Sunday after he struggled with velocity in his previous outing, MLB.com reports.
Manager John Farrell already has said that the club has no plans on skipping his next start. Doubront is scheduled to take the mound next Wednesday against the Twins.
"His normal in-between starts routine," Farrell said. "There's been a little bit more emphasis on the long toss, in terms of its intensity. I can't say that we're going to ramp up the volume all that much more than what it's been."
Felix Doubront admits to velocity drop
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront has displayed lower velocity this season after routinely pitching around 92-93 mph and ocasionally touching 96 last year, the Boston Globe reports Saturday.
Doubront (3-1), who lost Friday against the Rangers and allowed a career-high 12 hits to go with six runs over 3 2/3 innings, admitted following the outing that he'd like to be throwing harder.
"You want a little bit more velocity and it’s not there," Doubront said after his best fastballs reached 91 mph Friday. "Sometimes I find I don’t have that power to get the swing and miss and go in hard with the hitters."
He insists the issue is not physical.
"It’s weird, man. It’s nothing that’s bothering me," he said. "It’s so weird. I can’t explain it."
The good news for Doubront is that he was 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA entering Friday's outing, and he has 31 Ks over 27 innings. He next faces Minnesota Wednesday.
Felix Doubront has winning streak snapped
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront took a step back as he had his three-game winning streak snapped Friday night against the Rangers.
Doubront (3-1), who made his fifth start of the season, surrendered five runs in the fourth, including a bases-clearing double to Adrian Beltre. The left-hander permitted six runs and 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings of work in a 7-0 defeat. He struck out two and walked one in 97 pitches, 58 strikes. It was the first time he has allowed double-digit hits in a start this season.
Doubront saw his ERA rise from 4.24 to 5.67 after suffering his first loss of the season. He will try to bounce back Wednesday at home against Minnesota. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings of work in his last meeting against the Twins last season. Doubront is 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA at home this season.
Felix Doubront Ks eight for third win
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront ran his record to 3-0 Saturday night against the Astros. He allowed three runs on four hits with four walks over 6 2/3 innings in the 8-4 win.
The left-hander allowed two runs in the first but then pitched five scoreless innings. But in the seventh, he gave up an RBI groundout to Jose Altuve and was done after throwing 103 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Doubront also struck out eight, giving him 29 in 23 1/3 innings.
His next start is Friday against the Rangers. In a start against Texas last season, Doubront allowed six runs over five innings in the loss.
Felix Doubront supported nicely
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront picked up his second win of the season on Monday night at home against the Athletics. His offense backed him with plenty of support in the victory.
Doubront (2-0) struck out eight batters and was winning 9-3 by the time he left the ballgame after 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and five walks as he was a little wild. The A's scored two of the three runs against him in the second inning.
After not walking a batter over his first start spanning five innings, Doubront has surrendered nine free passes over his last two outings stretching over 11 2/3 frames, but does have 21 Ks over his first 16 2/3 innings.
Doubront, who has won his last two outings, will look to make it three consecutive wins when he next takes the hill Saturday against Houston.
Felix Doubront wins behind big inning
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) The Boston Red Sox scored seven runs in the second inning Tuesday night in Cleveland and that was more than enough for starter Felix Doubront to cruise to his first victory of the season.
Doubront wasn't as economical as he could have been with his pitches. He needed 104 to go just five innings. Still, he allowed just two earned runs on four hits and four walks. Doubront struck out seven batters and his ERA is 4.50.
The 25-year-old made his second start Tuesday and has been decent in allowing five runs over his first 10 innings. Still, the Red Sox would like to see him go deeper in games. He'll get that chance when he next takes the mound on Sunday against the Royals.
Felix Doubront throws in sim game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront, who was skipped in the rotation after Friday's rainout against the Rays, went through a two-inning simulated game Saturday morning, ESPN reports.
Doubront will make his next start Tuesday at Cleveland.
Red Sox to skip Felix Doubront; Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz stay on schedule
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) The Red Sox will skip Felix Doubrontin the rotation in the wake of Friday's rainout against Tampa Bay, the Providence Journal reports.
Doubront is scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday, with Alfredo Aceves's next start pushed back until Wednesday. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz remain as scheduled for Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Red Sox alter rotation plans
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) The Red Sox announced Wednesday starting pitcher John Lackey (biceps) was officially scratched from Thursday's start against the Orioles. But instead of moving everyone up in the rotation as initially planned, Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to pitch Thursday for Boston.
Therefore, the rest of the Red Sox rotation will be bumped back. Felix Doubront, who was scheduled to pitch Thursday, will now open Friday's series against Tampa Bay. He will be followed by Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
Felix Doubront settles for no-decision in debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront made his season debut Friday night against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Doubront permitted a sacrifice fly in the second, a solo home run to Mark DeRosa and a run-scoring double to Jose Reyes in the fifth inning for his only damage of the night. He was charged with three runs on nine hits in five innings of work and did not factor in the decision in a 6-4 victory. He also struck out six and did not issue a walk on 90 pitches.
The lefty is scheduled to face the Orioles at home Thursday. He went 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in three starts last season against Baltimore.
Felix Doubront finds rhythm in finale
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront allowed six hits over five shutout innings during Boston's final game of the spring Saturday against Minnesota. Doubront permitted only five singles and a double as he held an opponent scoreless for the second time in the past three games.
The left-hander also maintained his strong command and walked just one batter while striking out six. For the spring, he collected 22 strikeouts to just six walks over 18 innings.
Doubront is scheduled to make his season debut Thursday in the series finale against the Yankees, an opponent he fared well against last year. He registered a 1-1 record and 2.52 ERA over three starts and recorded 26 strikeouts.
Felix Doubront wild against Class A hitters
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Red Sox starter Felix Doubront made a start in a Class A game Monday and pitched fairly well, reports the Boston Globe.
Doubront, who had an awful outing his last time out after pitching well for most of the spring, regrouped Monday as he allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits and six walks over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and threw one wild pitch. Doubront elevated his pitch count to 103 with 56 going for strikes.
The walks were disconcerting for Doubront, who has five over 13 Grapefruit League innings as well. Still, he's struck out 16 over 13 innings and had nine more against the Class A hitters Monday.
Rough outing for Felix Doubront
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013)Felix Doubront had a rough Grapefruit League outing Wednesday against the Yankees, as the Red Sox starter gave up four runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. Doubront managed five strikeouts against just one walk, but he was singled to death -- only one of the Yankees' seven hits went for extra bases, a Ben Francisco double.
Wednesday's effort marks Doubront's worst outing of the spring. Entering the contest, he owned a 2.08 ERA through three starts (8.2 IP). Even including Wednesday, Doubront has a sharp 16-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Felix Doubront finishes strong vs. Twins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront enjoyed a solid performance against the Twins on Friday night in Grapefruit League play. Doubront, who made his third start of the spring, started his outing with a walk, but then settled down and pitched four scoreless innings.
He allowed just two hits and struck out four in a 5-0 victory. He improved his ERA to 2.08 on the year.
"My arm felt pretty good," Doubront said. "Little bit off in the first inning but I figured it out later, hitter after hitter. My control was a little bit off, but I finished strong. I worked with more tempo and finished strong."
Doubront has allowed just two runs in 8 2/3 innings in spring training and is competing for the final starting spot in the rotation.
Doubront Ks five vs. O's
(3/9/2013) Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront made his second start of the Grapefruit League on Saturday night against the Orioles. He allowed two runs on four hits over three innings of work. Doubront also struck out five and walked one. "Better arm speed, better tempo to his overall game," said manager John Farrell. "A good step and progressive step. A good day for him."
Doubront feels good in return
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/4/2013) Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront, whose spring debut was delayed because of soreness in his left shoulder, finally took the mound for a start Monday against the Rays. He allowed no runs on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. "It was good to be back on the mound again," he said after being taken out of the game. "I was a little bit scared today, but I'm 100 percent confident and ready to pitch."
Doubront on track for March 4
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013)The Boston Globe reports Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, will throw live batting practice Monday and Wednesday. If all goes well, manager John Farrell said Doubront will be slotted to pitch March 4 vs. Tampa Bay.
Doubront tosses 'pen session
(2/20/2013) MLB.com reports Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday. He had been slowed by some weakness in his shoulder. "Reports were that it was OK," said manager John Farrell, who noted Doubront tossed 25 pitches. "I did not see it; I was watching live BP at the time, but he came out of it fine, no issues health-wise. So it's the first progressive step."
Doubront cleared to resume throwing
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) The Boston Globe reports Sunday that starting candidate Felix Doubront, who showed up to spring training in poor shape and is also dealing with a shoulder injury, has been cleared to resume throwing. Doubront has been dealing with minor shoulder weakness so the Red Sox gave him some time off. He's been cleared to throw bullpen sessions once again.
Sox not happy with Doubront
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/15/2013) The Boston Globe reported on Friday that pitcher Felix Doubront, who is being eased into camp as he deals with minor soreness in his left shoulder, reported in poor shape, "and the staff isn't happy about it." Doubront had a 4.86 ERA and 1.45 WHIP last year, with 167 strikeouts in 161 innings. His ratios ballooned in the second half, with a 5.54 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in the second half of the year.
Doubront taking it slow early
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/11/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday pitchers Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow will be held back a bit at the beginning of spring training because of shoulder soreness. However, Farrell stressed it was just precautionary.