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“Tempo was great. He and (pitching coach Jim Hickey) were working on a couple of things regarding that, and some mechanical things to stay over the rubber,” Maddon said. “He was right on (for the first two innings). And then going to the stretch the next inning kind of lost it working out of the stretch. He’s still playing with a couple of things.”

For Doubront, it was his second straight start getting roughed up, after giving up seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings to the Yankees on March 18. He fell to 0-2 while his spring ERA rose to 9.64.

“I thought today he had better life to his stuff overall,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “A number of mislocated pitches particularly when he was trying to go armside. He ended pulling some balls back across the plate.

“But I think considering the way you evaluate his stuff last time against the Yankees compared to today, improved and I think he’s coming through that dead-arm period and looking forward to his next outing where we’ll look to see him put everything back together, location and the quality of stuff.”

Doubront said he will work on his delivery before his next outing.

“Just repeating my delivery, repeating my delivery,” he said. “Keep the ball down and the simple stuff that you have to make the adjustment and try to hit that spot every time. Something simple.”


Rays: Matt Joyce returned to the Rays lineup after missing three days with a stiff neck.

Red Sox: Left-hander Craig Breslow is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Monday, his first appearance in a game. He has been delayed this spring after last season’s heavy workload.


David Ortiz went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. He is batting .057 this season, going, 2 for 35 with 12 strikeouts.

Joyce went 2 for 4 with a run scored, a home run, and three RBIs. He is batting .250 this spring.

David DeJesus went 2 for 5 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. He is batting .438 this spring, going 14 for 32.

Desmond Jennings went 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs. He is batting .389, going 14 for 36.

The Red Sox made roster moves before the game, optioning catcher Daniel Butler to Triple-A Pawtucket and reassigning to minor league camp pitchers Rich Hill, Dalier Hinojosa, and Jon Ely. Pitcher Jose Mijares was released. Boston has 35 players in camp.

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