Felix Doubront SP BOS 5 Days

Felix Doubront pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday.

Doubront thought he had a strikeout to finish the seventh, going to far as to jump off the mound. However, the pitch was ruled a ball and Doubront ended up walking Nick Markakis, which got him lifted from the game and cost him a win. The Red Sox went on to break a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and prevailed 4-2. That was too late for Doubront, though.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 10 Days

Felix Doubront pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Doubront walked three while striking out two on the evening. Most of the damage came early on, when Carlos Beltran blasted a two-run homer in the third inning. Through three starts, he now sits at 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 8/7 K/BB ratio. If he continues to struggle, Chris Capuano is lurking in the bullpen and could be given a shot to start. Doubront will look to right the ship on Saturday against the Orioles.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 15 Days

Felix Doubront was ineffective, taking the loss after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday's start against the Rangers.

Doubront allowed six hits and three walks while striking out two. The lefty wasn't very effective as a part of the Red Sox rotation in 2012-13, posting a 4.59 ERA over 56 starts and two relief appearances. It's tough to expect him to be any better this season. At any rate, he'll get the Yankees his next time out on Sunday.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 20 Days

Felix Doubront pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs Thursday in a win over the Orioles.

The last run came after he exited with one out and a man on first in the sixth. Doubront was effective apart from the fourth, when he allowed two run-scoring hits with two outs. He struck out four and walked one. Next up for him is a home start against Texas.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 27 Days

Felix Doubront scattered seven hits over five innings and combined with four relievers on a shutout of the Twins on Friday.

Doubront also walked two, but he was able to pitch his way out of trouble with his seven strikeouts. He wasn't nearly as sharp in the second half of the spring as he was in the first, so we have pretty modest expectations for him initially. He likely is worth using in AL-only leagues, though.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 1 Month

Felix Doubront was lit up for eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rays.

Doubront's second straight rough outing included one pitch completely spiked into the ground, resulting in a balk. Doubront missed enough bats to strike out six batters, but the Rays made plenty of quality contact, too, collecting a homer and four doubles against him. The Red Sox were probably thinking this could be a breakthrough season for Doubront after he showed up in great shape and looked strong in his first couple of outings. Inconsistency has always troubled him, though.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 1 Month

Felix Doubront was tagged for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Yankees on Tuesday.

So much for Doubront's excellent spring: he had pitched six scoreless innings, with just three hits and no walks allowed, coming into this one. He admitted to a bit of a dead arm afterwards, which isn't unusual for this time of the spring. It sounds like he'll stay on his normal schedule.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 2 Months

Felix Doubront was sharp again Friday, tossing four scoreless innings against the Braves in Boston's 4-1 victory.

Doubront allowed two hits, walked none and struck out three. Boston's fifth starter has six strikeouts in six scoreless innings on the spring.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 2 Months

Felix Doubront struck out three in two scoreless innings versus the Orioles on Sunday.

The Red Sox appear much happier with Doubront's conditioning this spring than they were when he showed up a year ago. He spent the postseason in the pen, but he'll almost certainly be the team's fifth starter to open this year.

Felix Doubront SP BOS 3 Months

Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have "closely monitored" Felix Doubront's offseason conditioning program this winter.

They've also "encouraged him to return to the U.S. earlier than usual" after Doubront went back to his native Venezuela after the World Series. The left-hander has shown up to spring training out of shape two of the last three years, and he can't afford to do so again with a rotation spot on the line. Lauber writes that "a strong spring from Doubront could compel the Red Sox to pull the trigger on a trade involving either Ryan Dempster or Jake Peavy."