Doubront battles mechanics in rough outing

Doubront battles mechanics in rough outing

TAMPA, Fla. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell suspected that Felix Doubront might have been suffering with that typical dead arm most pitchers go through at some point during Spring Training in Tuesday's sub-par effort against the Yankees.

But the lefty said his problems were more mechanical than physical.

"I didn't feel the grip," said Doubront. "My changeup was bad. I left the pitch over the plate. One of those days."

Over 3 2/3 innings, Doubront was pounded for 10 hits and seven runs. He walked three and struck out two.

Doubront had fired six scoreless innings over his first two outings.

"Delivery was a little bit tough because my release points and my mechanics weren't right," Doubront said. "I don't know if it's too fast or too slow but it was better for a couple of pitches, then I went back to the wrong mechanics. It's a thing I have to work on."

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