Felix Doubront had a good final outing as the Boston Red Sox head north. The Sox will play in New York on Monday.
Felix Doubront had a good final outing as the Boston Red Sox head north. The Sox will play in New York on Monday. (Associated Press)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Farrell is trying to figure out how to get Felix Doubront to start an outing as well as he finishes it.

Doubront pitched six-hit ball for five scoreless innings Saturday, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 in the spring training finale for both teams.

"Better as the outing went along," Farrell said. "We've seen it more than a couple of times this spring. He gets into that third inning and seems to get into a much better rhythm, a much better feel for his secondary stuff, and just overall more efficient. So as we've talked a number of times, the efficiency is something we continue to strive towards. But we can't force it either. And throughout the course of the outing as we've seen, better touch and feel for his stuff."

Doubront had runners on base in every inning but the fourth.

"My goal is to throw less pitches or get a double play," he said. "I try to stay calm and make good pitches. If I have to strike somebody out, I can do that."

Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs and nine hits in 32 3 innings.

Yankees 10, Army 5

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Brennan Boesch and Melky Mesa hit home runs and the New York Yankees closed their preseason with a victory over Army in the revival of an old tradition.

The Yankees improved to 22-0 against the Black Knights in a series that dates to 1927, when Babe Ruth led Murderers Row to West Point.


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Before the game, the team took a tour of the campus, making stops at the Hall of Fame, Cadet Chapel, Michie Stadium, and Trophy Point before eating lunch in the mess hall.

General manager Brian Cashman said the roster was complete for Monday's home opener against the Boston Red Sox. He said he still had to make room for Lyle Overbay, and that had to be done by 3 p.m. EDT today.

It was difficult to figure out who was more impressed -- the Yankees or the Black Knights -- on a picture-perfect day. An overflow crowd of over 6,000 attended.

The teams hadn't played since 1976.