Lefty Felix Doubront said he was told Sunday morning he has been named the Red Sox’s No. 4 starter.
“That’s for me what I was looking for all spring,” Doubront said. “Even when I start my offseason, to hear that news. That’s pretty amazing.”
Right-hander Daniel Bard said Sunday morning he has been given no news. Manager Bobby Valentine is set to meet with reporters at 10 a.m. ET.
MLBBlogs: Felix Doubront named fourth starter
When it came time to prove he was worthy of a spot in the rotation, Doubront delivered. Aceves could not get it done, even though he looked to be the favorite for the final spot for a majority of the spring.
Who knew that Daniel Bard would be bumped to the fifth starter? We were trying to figure out who will fill the last spot in the rotation, and it was Bard's job all along.
The Red Sox now have a few guys in the pen who can fill in or replace a struggling starter. Plus, Dice-K is on a speedy road to recovery. I'm sorry, I just made some of you vomit.
On Page 2, The rest of the roster comes together today.
Takeaways from Port Charlotte, where Bobby Valentine staged his 25th Man Competition while keeping mum on the status of his rotation:
The rotation announcement will come Sunday, he said. He has yet to inform all the principals, he said. Best guess from here: Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront in the rotation, Alfredo Aceves in the bullpen. If that indeed proves to be the case, the Red Sox will have four starters in the rotation who have never pitched for another big league team -- Bard, Doubront, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz -- for the first time since 1988.
That's according to the Elias Sports Bureau (through ESPN's crack Stats and Info department) who said the last time the Sox used four Sox-only pitchers in their first five games was when they ran out Roger Clemens, Bruce Hurst, Oil Can Boyd and Steve Ellsworth in '88. Ellsworth, the son of former big league pitcher Dick Ellsworth, was a former No, 1 draft pick who went 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts for the Sox, and never pitched in the big leagues again.
Final roster spot update: Valentine had infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears change positions in each of the first three innings as they remained in competition for the final roster spot. Ciriaco led off and started at shortstop, then switched to second base, going 1-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored. For the second straight game, Ciriaco scored from second on a sacrifice bunt. Spears batted second and started at second, then went to third base, finishing 0-for-4 with an RBI. Outfielder Jason Repko, meanwhile, started in center field and batted sixth, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run.
Valentine confirmed what had been apparent for some time, that he did not intend to carry a third catcher, meaning Ryan Lavarnway will start the season back in Pawtucket.
ESPN Boston: Takeaways: Roster spot roulette
This has been the most interesting spring training in a long time. Most of the interest was of course driven by the outcome of last season and the huge fall-out. Aside from all that, there have been a lot of battles for roster spots which has created some good baseball in meaning-less games.
This was also a great sign that the Red Sox are going to have a deep farm system. The move of Lavarway to Pawtucket was a great move. Even though Lavarnway is a great offensive player, he still needs some work behind the plate and other kinks as he matures toward the major league level.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Valentine may be walking fine line | Hit or miss | Hardwood, Hardball | Tigers' Miguel Cabrera remains triple crown threat | Globe: His voice still carries