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    Felix Doubront struggles in loss to Yankees

    Red Sox starter Felix Doubront gave up four runs in the second inning in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees.
    Kathy Willens/Associated Press
    Red Sox starter Felix Doubront gave up four runs in the second inning in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees.

     SCORE: Yankees 4, Red Sox 0.

     RECORD: 13-12-1.

     BREAKDOWN: All of the runs were scored in the second inning when Felix Doubront lost his mechanics and allowed five hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. The Red Sox never recovered and couldn’t solve Vidal Nuno, who pitched five two-hit innings for the Yankees. The only Sox player with multiple hits was Jackie Bradley Jr., who got two of the four. Doubront, who said afterward he was too hunched over in his delivery and needed to correct his posture, allowed a single to Juan Rivera and double to Ben Francisco before Jayson Nix’s sacrifice fly scored the first run. Chris Stewart drove in a run with a single, and hits by Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa set the stage for a wild pitch and another run. After a walk to Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez hit a sacrifice fly to score the fourth run.


     THUMBS UP: Bradley played center field and batted third, stroking a two-out double to left-center in the first inning and single in the ninth to raise his spring training average to .444. Daniel Nava went 1 for 3 and made another successful start at first base. Brad Holt had the only other Sox hit. Sox relievers Andrew Bailey (two-thirds of an inning), Joel Hanrahan (one inning), Clay Mortensen (one inning), and Andrew Miller (one inning) held the Yankees scoreless after the second inning.

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     THUMBS DOWN: Mauro Gomez went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter and is batting .175, not making a compelling case to stick with the team. Ryan Sweeney was 0 for 3 and Drew Sutton went 0 for 3 and made an error at third base. Mike Carp, who started in left field, also made an error.

     MEDICAL REPORT: David Ortiz took 50 more swings in the batting cage for the second straight day, but still no word on when he’ll start his running program . . . Shortstop Stephen Drew continued testing in Pittsburgh for concussion symptoms, but no word on his progress . . . Franklin Morales threw from 60 feet a second straight day and is close to starting a throwing program after missing time with a bulging disk in his back.

     AROUND THE BASES: Most of the pregame hoopla surrounded an update on Derek Jeter by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Jeter had an anti-inflammatory shot for his surgically repaired left ankle. The game was played in 2 hours 17 minutes before 10,801 at Steinbrenner Field.

     NEXT GAME: Thursday against the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. The Sox will start righthander John Lackey with Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, Koji Uehara, Chris Hernandez, and Oscar Villarreal to follow.

    Nick Cafardo