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The Red Sox were excited to send one of their brightest pitching prospects to the mound against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Allen Webster, a 23-year-old righthander, threw six strong innings against the Kansas City Royals in a spot start in April. Now he would get another chance with the Sox skipping struggling lefthander Felix Doubront.
Webster struck out the first batter he faced on four pitches, throwing three-octane fastballs to Jamey Carroll before getting him with a changeup.
It proved to be the best moment of a long, painful night.
Webster didn’t survive the second inning and Doubront was hit hard in very long relief as the Twins beat the Sox, 15-8, before 29,969 at Fenway Park.