Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen said yesterday the competition is
definitely far from over. ... At some point, yeah, you want to start defining roles on the club. We're still early for that.A YES graphic during Tuesday's game against the Yankees slotted Alfredo Aceves into that final spot. And Vicente Padilla's agent said last month that he expects his client will be starting when April rolls around.
But Doubront, 24, does seem to be the leading contender, though, especially after his four shutout innings against the Yankees earlier this week. Plus, the lefty is out of options, and would surely be claimed if the Red Sox tried to push him through waivers. Doubront will be on the Opening Day roster in some capacity.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, re Doubront:
He's been working hard on trying to go after hitters and throwing in the strike zone early and kind of expanding later, so I think [Tuesday] was a confidence-booster for him.
The Hardball Times asks Five Questions about the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rays.
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