Felix Doubront roughed up again, this time by Rays

Rob Bradford
March 23, 2014 - 12:19 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This wasn't how the Red Sox were hoping Felix Doubront would rebound from his worst spring training ... with one even worse. Doubront gave up eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two in the Red Sox' 9-2 loss to the Rays Sunday afternoon at JetBlue Park. The outing follows up the lefty's start in Tampa against the Yankees in which he gave up seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Prior to the pair of supbar appearances, Doubront had been sharp, not allowing a run in his first two starts. Adding insult to injury, the Rays' pitchers held the Red Sox hitless until Xander Bogaerts singled with one out in the seventh inning. A scary moment occurred when Bogaerts' fourth-inning line-drive appeared to deflect off Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore's jaw. He only needed two stitches in his lip. Following up Doubront was Brandon Workman, who allowed one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. Burke Badenhop also pitched a scoreless ninth inning.