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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lefthander Felix Doubront struggled almost from the start of his outing Sunday against the Rays, on the way to a 9-2 Red Sox loss. Doubront went 4⅓ innings, giving up eight runs on 10 hits, including a homer and two walks, with six strikeouts and a balk.
With a fifth start remaining before the regular season, Doubront is trending in the wrong direction. In his first two outings, he pitched a combined six scoreless innings against the Orioles and Braves, giving up three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. In his last two, facing the Yankees and Rays, he has gone a combined eight innings, giving up 15 runs on 20 hits, with five walks, eight strikeouts, and a home run.