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Sat, 03/24/2012 - 2:19pm  

Aceves rocked by Phils; Doubront solid

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alfredo Aceves had his first bad outing of the spring, pitching just three innings while allowing nine runs on 10 hits while walking one (his first free pass of the Grapefruit League season) and striking out three Phillies hitters. He gave up three homers, leaving a number of pitches up in the zone on a day when the ball had tremendous carry. Aceves threw 58 pitches, 36 for strikes.

The outing represented a marked contrast to Aceves' previous spring work. In three Grapefruit League games, he'd allowed just one run in nine innings on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.

"One bad game and moving on from that," Aceves said after the outing. “Since when? I don’t remember. Since when did I have the last bad outing? ... I feel good and I see the ball jump off my hand. You know? it was one of those days that nothing went good."

Asked if he thought that the struggle might impact whether the Sox will put him in the rotation or bullpen, Aceves -- who said that he felt fine -- suggested indifference.

"I’m not thinking about that. Taking it day by day," he said. "One outing, I think, is not going to tell you the value of the pitcher."

Meanwhile, across the state, left-hander Felix Doubront tossed six innings while allowing one run on five hits, walking one and striking out two. For the spring, he now has a 2.70 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts with 11 strikeouts and six walks in 17 2/3 innings.

Aceves and Doubront are two of the four remaining candidates for the final two spots of the Red Sox rotation. For more on the way in which the Sox will approach the decision on their starting staff, click here. For more Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.




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