|Kevin Youkilis (0 for 3) was feeling the pain after getting plunked in eighth inning. (Alan Diaz/Associated Press)|
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Doubront knows what went wrong
MIAMI - Felix Doubront had his worst start of the season against the Washington Nationals Friday, giving up six runs on eight hits over four innings.
But as he prepared for his start against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Doubront decided against reviewing that game.
“I knew what I did,’’ the lefthander said. “I have to move forward. I missed on some pitches and they got some hits. I threw the ball in the wrong spot. I knew that was happening.’’
Doubront (6-3 with a 4.34 earned run average) had pitched well all season. He chalked up the game against the Nationals to the vagaries of the season.
“One bad game,’’ he said. “I threw my bullpen on Sunday and I felt great,’’ he said. “I want to get back out there and pitch again.’’
Doubront also is looking forward to hitting for the first time as a professional.
“I’m a good hitter but I won’t have good timing,’’ he said. “I could hit pretty well when I was a kid in Venezuela. But that was eight years ago. I just hope I can get a bunt down if I have to.’’
Doubront had some Venezuelan food delivered to the clubhouse for lunch Tuesday and pronounced it acceptable.
“Not like home,’’ he said. “But this is as close as we get. I like it here in Miami.’’
Doubront will have a large group of friends at the game to see him face righthander Ricky Nolasco.
“It should be fun,’’ he said. “I want to get back to pitching like I know I can.’’
Hill is relieved
Rich Hill was back with the Red Sox, having spent Monday in Pensacola, Fla., to have his left elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews.
“It was nerve-racking going down there. You don’t really know,’’ said Hill, who feared he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament he had repaired by Andrews a year ago.
Instead it proved to be a strained flexor tendon, an injury that will require only rest.
“Having that surgery once and rehabbing and coming back strong, having something else happen would have been tough,’’ Hill said. “That was really, really a good sign.’’
Hill had an MRI in Boston over the weekend but doctors there could not get a good read on his condition, not knowing the details of his surgery. But Andrews was able to give Hill peace of mind.
“It was just due to pitching,’’ said Hill. “It was an injury anybody could have gone through.’’
Hill will not throw for two weeks.
“Once we get past that two weeks, we’ll re-evaluate and go from there,’’ he said. “That’s pretty much where we’re at right now. Dr. Andrews said it was something like a six-week timeline.’’
Hill has a 2.63 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in 17 appearances, working primarily as a late-inning specialist.
Kevin Youkilis struck out swinging to end Monday’s game and - as is often the case - he had something to say to the umpire. Youkilis shouted at Ron Kulpa and had to be escorted off the field by even-tempered teammate Nick Punto. The second pitch to Youkilis was inside but was called a strike by Kulpa. That was the source of the argument. Doug Eddings had ejected Youkilis Saturday for arguing balls and strikes. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joked that Youkilis was having a “philosophical discussion’’ with Kulpa. Youkilis was 0 for 3 in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory. He is 3 of his last 25 and down to .219 on the season. Youkilis was hit by a Steve Cishek pitch in the ribs in the eighth inning and had “quite a welt,’’ according to Valentine. Youkilis left the game after that inning.
Big deal is close
The Red Sox are close to a $2.05 million deal with one of the top international free agents, 18-year-old shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin of Taiwan, according to baseball sources. Sources in Taiwan indicated that Lin is in the final stages of an agreement and is either in Boston or will soon be. The Yankees pursued Lin, a lefthanded hitter with speed and a strong arm, for several years. They reportedly attempted to sign him for $350,000 in 2010 but Lin was not old enough. Lin is represented by Scott Boras. Teams are moving quickly with international free agents before new rules that restrict spending start next month. Lin’s deal would be a record for a Taiwanese position player.
Nava out again
Daniel Nava was out of the lineup for the third straight game because of an injured left hand. The Sox are hoping he soon will feel the benefits of a cortisone shot . . . Outfielder Marlon Byrd, who was designated for assignment Saturday, has been released . . . Jacoby Ellsbury continued to take swings in the batting cage. Valentine professed not to know when the injured center fielder would be cleared to take full batting practice on the field . . . The retractable roof at Marlins Ballpark was open for the game for the second straight night. That was somewhat unusual. The roof was closed for 27 of the first 33 games at the new park . . . Red Sox owner John Henry, who owned the Marlins from 1999-2002, was at the game . . . The Sox are 6-8 in one-run games and 3-5 in interleague play . . . Clay Buchholz is 3-0, 1.77 in four interleague starts. Tuesday was his first since June 26, 2010 at San Francisco . . . Kelly Shoppach had two doubles. He has 11 extra-base hits in 75 at-bats. He had 14 in 221 at-bats last season for Tampa Bay.