Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Los-angeles-dodgers-boston
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Felix Doubront showed up for spring training out of shape and lagging behind the Red Sox’ other starters, hardly the ideal first impression to make on new pitching coach Juan Nieves. But six months later, the only doughnuts Doubront sees are on the scoreboard. Against all odds, Doubront has joined John Lackey as the Sox’ most consistent starters, the lefty’s latest gem coming yesterday when he threw seven scoreless innings in a series-clinching 4-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park. It marked Doubront’s 15th consecutive start in which he allowed no more than three earned runs, the longest such streak by a Sox pitcher since Tim Wakefield’s 17-game run in 1995. Surprised? Don’t be, according to Nieves, who insists he saw this coming even in February. “It was expected,” Nieves said. “This guy was behind the 8-ball for a while. We knew it in spring training. It was a matter of his stuff getting sharper, him getting more comfortable with his delivery, and this is what you see.” Herald | Doughnuts by Felix Doubront Well, add Felix Doubront to the list of Red Sox pitching prospects who I didn't believe in, and was wrong (if you're keeping track, that list is Justin Masterson, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and now Doubront. Whoops.).  Doubront has driven me crazy for his entire major-league tenure for the same reasons he has likely bothered the rest of you: He wouldn't just throw strikes. How many starts have we seen him in a jam in the 5th inning with 104 pitches under his belt? It seems like every one. And now all of a sudden, he's become a rock in the rotation. Sure, he still has the occasional inconsistent outing, but who doesn't? His stuff is working, his fastball has life, and he's attacking the strike zone. You can't nibble and be successful these days, and he's finally understanding it. And it's fun to watch. Getting ahead of ourselves: Should the Red Sox make the playoffs, how would you set up the rotation for a five-game series? Buchholz, obviously, would start if healthy...but beyond that, you could make arguments for any of the rest of Jon Lester, Ryan Dempster (well....), Jake Peavy, John Lackey, and Doubront, each for their own reasons. If it comes down to recent history, though, it would be hard to push Felix to the pen. On page 2, an update on Matt Thornton's injury. “I felt a little cramp at first, then it got worse,’’ Thornton said. “The last pitch got me pretty good.’’ Manager John Farrell said it was a “right oblique issue.’’ Thornton said he hoped the injury was minor, but couldn’t say with any certainty. He’ll be checked again by the Red Sox training staff after the team arrives in Houston for a three-game set against the Astros. “I think I should be OK and it’s minor,’’ he said, “but I never had anything like it before, so no idea.  ESPNBoston | Thornton leaves with oblique 'issue' On the one hand, it sounds minor. On the other hand, Matt Thornton is 36 years old. The last thing we need is another bullpen injury, but don't get too worried about it just yet. For one thing, Thornton hasn't exactly been Goose Gossage back there. For another, help is on the way. Franklin Morales is recovering in Pawtucket, while other guys with major-league experience (including Allen Webster, Brandon Workman, Pedro Beato, Chris Carpenter, Jose Contreras, Jose de la Torre, Clayton Mortensen, Alex Wilson, and persona non grata Alfredo Aceves) litter the staff. We could get by if Thornton needed some time off. Plus, we're only talking about a few weeks anyway. September 1st isn't that far away, and at that point we can call up all the bullpen help we could ever want.  Herald | Stephen Drew rediscovering comfort zone | Buckley: Ultimately, an unceremonious end for A-Rod | All's right in Shane Victorino's Red Sox world | Scandal's no worry here | Globe | D-Backs can't get key hit | Doubront strong again as Red Sox shut out Diamondbacks | Red Sox give John Farrell fitting 51st birthday gift: 4-0 win | CSNNE | Doubront comes through for Sox once again | Doubront, Red Sox shut down D-Backs, 4-0 | Red Sox role players help maintain heights | ESPNBoston | Felix Doubront blanks Diamondbacks as Red Sox cruise | Doubront all Farrell could ask for | Buchholz getting (dare we say it?) closer 
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL Scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

FCC declares that 'Redskins' is not obscene

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Rajon Rondo after trade: My love for Celtics fans is 'unmatched'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

Mario Balotelli banned match for offensive Instagram post

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo traded to Mavs for three players, picks

Ranking NFL coaches on hot seat heading into Week 16

Five draft picks why the Browns won’t make the playoffs

Peyton goes Belichick with 'we're on to Cincinnati'

The 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Mark Cuban finalized Rondo trade on "Colbert Report' set

Sen’Derrick Marks celebrates $600K sack with money sign

Five most underpaid NFL players of 2014 season

Extremely rare set of Air Jordan 7s selling for $45,000

Five reasons why Alabama will win College Football Playoff

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.