Off-days allow Farrell to flip Doubront and Peavy

Off-days allow Farrell to flip Doubront and Peavy

MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Red Sox had kept their rotation in order, Felix Doubront would have started Tuesday night's game against the Twins, followed by Jake Peavy on Wednesday.

But thanks to the flexibility provided by recent off-days, manager John Farrell opted to flip-flop that alignment.

Peavy got the ball Tuesday night, which means he can also pitch the finale of the three-game series against the Tigers on Sunday.

Doubront will pitch Wednesday and then again on May 20 against the Blue Jays.

"We had the off-days to work with," said Farrell. "We just wanted another right-hander lined up against Detroit given the way their lineup stacks up, what they're doing against left-handed starting, and more than anything, just the flexibility of the schedule that gives us a chance to match up a little bit better."

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