Doubront's offseason work impresses in first action

Doubront's offseason work impresses in first action

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lefty Felix Doubront looks determined to have a more consistent season in 2014. He has increased his offseason training routine and tuned up his mechanics.

The results were there on Sunday, as Doubront fired two shutout innings against the Orioles, allowing one hit while walking none and striking out three.

"He really put himself in a good position to execute pitches today," said manager John Farrell. "It was encouraging to see, the quality of the strikes he threw with his fastball in particular, a very good changeup, a really good start to build off of for his first outing in camp here."

Doubront's biggest mechanical adjustment has been to quicken his hands.

"Yeah, I'm just working in the offseason and obviously right here to try to shorten my arm a little bit more, and I think that helps to get more control," Doubront said. "I feel really good."

With Doubront's arsenal of pitches, it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could become a 15-game winner or thereabouts this season. Last year, he went 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA.

"My goal is to win as many games as possible. The first thing is to stay healthy," Doubront said. "I won 11 games [last year], so 15 is right there. It's really close."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.