Doubront has success in his first trip to mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Finally on the mound for a spring training game, Felix Doubront was pleased with his outing.
Doubront, slowed a sore left shoulder this year, pitched 12Ž3 scoreless innings for the Boston Red Sox on Monday in a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
"Feels fine," Doubront said of his shoulder. "It’s good to be back on the mound again, working hard to see the results for my arm. Very good."
Doubront gave up one hit, walked two and struck out two, throwing 23 of 43 pitches for strikes.
"When you look at his fastball, breaking ball, as well as a couple of changeups that he threw. Ideally you’d like to see him get through a couple of innings in his first outing," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But the fact is, he got up and down twice, no physical issues."
Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, making his first start and second appearance of spring training, allowed one run and two hits in three innings with four strikeouts. He threw 31 of 43 pitches for strikes.
Terry Doyle won in relief, giving up one run in 21Ž3 innings.
Doyle is a former Boston College product who pitched for the Pittsfield Dukes of the NECBL in 2005. He led the NECBL in strokeouts.
NOTES: David Ortiz completed a base-running drill on Monday. It was the third time he had done a base-running drill this spring training as he comes back from an Achilles injury that limited him to 90 games last season. He has yet to run on consecutive days, a hurdle Farrell said Ortiz will have to clear before getting into a game. ... RHP Daniel Bard, who has not pitched in game since Feb. 25, threw 18 pitches in a one-inning simulated game. ... The Red Sox made their first round of roster cuts. LHP Drake Britton was optioned to Double-A, and INF-OF Justin Henry and SS Deven Marrero were reassigned to minor league camp.
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