Felix Doubront facing an important start for the Red Sox

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Felix Doubront will start for the Red Sox Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. But there he was at Tropicana Field Wednesday afternoon throwing 21 pitches to bullpen catcher Mani Martinez.

It’s not completely out of the ordinary for a pitcher to throw in the bullpen the day before his start. Clay Buchholz is one who does. But it is unusual for Doubront.

But these are difficult times for the 25-year-old lefthander. Doubront has a 6.40 earned run average in six appearances. In his last two outings, he has allowed 12 earned runs on 23 hits over nine innings.

“Changing my routine,” Doubront said.

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