Doubrant sharp in Red Sox's win over Marlins

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 24, 2012
Felix Doubrant helped his cause for a spot in Boston's rotation, allowing a run on five hits in six innings and leading a Red Sox split squad to a 4-1 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday. The left-hander threw 78 pitches, 53 for strikes, and lowered his ERA this spring to 2.70. Austin Kearns hit his third home run for the Marlins, a drive that traveled more than 400 feet to center field in the second inning. Kearns, trying to win a bench spot, leads the team in home runs and RBIs (7). Left-hander Wade LeBlanc allowed three runs on five hits in five innings for the Marlins. Most of the damage came in the first inning when he gave up three runs - two earned - on four hits. LeBlanc, competing for a bullpen spot, settled down and finished by retiring 10 in a row.
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