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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Will Sox shut down Doubront?

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Red Sox starter Felix Doubront has not earned a victory in his last seven starts, dating back to July 18, and now there's a possibility he will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

The left-hander took the loss Friday, lasting only four innings (plus one batter in the fifth). He allowed five runs on six hits, including two home runs. He's totaled 135 innings this season, which is the most he's accumulated in one season during his pro career.

When asked Saturday if he's tired, Doubront replied: "No, I'm good."

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine will make a decision soon whether or not to end Doubront's season.

"You'd have to consider it," Valentine said.

Still, there is some thought to keep him in the rotation as long as he's not hurt.

"If he comes in the next season and he gets to this high-water mark and everyone starts thinking about shutting him down again, it's probably best if he feels good to let that bar be as high as possible so he can extend it, as long as he's not going to be injured," Valentine said.

Overall, Doubront is 10-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 25 starts.