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ARLINGTON, Texas — Felix Doubront consistently threw his fastball 92-93 miles per hour last season with occasional flashes of 96. The velocity helped make his curveball more effective and stamped the lefthander as a starter the Red Sox could rely on.
After only five starts this season, it’s evident that something is wrong with Doubront. He says it’s not an injury, which may actually be bad news. At least then the Red Sox would know how to proceed.
Doubront didn’t get through four innings against the Rangers Friday night in a game the Sox lost, 7-0. The 12 hits he allowed were the most of his career, his best fastballs reaching on 91.
“You want a little bit more velocity and it’s not there,” Doubront said.