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SPRING TRAINING REPORT

Felix Doubront is rocked as Yankees rip Red Sox

Felix Doubront seemed to be having trouble with his release point.. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Felix Doubront seemed to be having trouble with his release point.

SCORE: Yankees 8, Red Sox 1.

RECORD: 8-11-1.

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BREAKDOWN: The Yankees had 14 hits, four for extra bases, and thumped the Red Sox in the first of two meetings this spring. Alfonso Soriano was 2 for 4 with four RBIs. His three-run shot off Brandon Workman in the fourth inning made it 8-0. Michael Pineda threw 4 shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out five.

THUMBS UP: Second baseman Jonathan Herrera was 2 for 3 with an RBI . . . Lefthanded reliever Rich Hill allowed one hit in the seventh inning but pitched well otherwise . . . Lefty Tommy Layne threw a scoreless eighth inning. He has gone 6 innings this spring without giving up a run.

THUMBS DOWN: Felix Doubront was hit hard, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks. He had trouble with his release point and left several balls over the plate. Manager John Farrell suggested Doubront might have a tired arm, but the pitcher said he felt fine.

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MEDICAL REPORT: Will Middlebrooks (hyperextended right middle finger) missed his second straight game but said he’s feeling better and hopes to play Wednesday night.

AROUND THE BASES: Third base coach Brian Butterfield was with the Yankees as a minor league player and coach for 18 years. He spent time with former Yankees manager Stump Merrill before the game. Merrill, like Butterfield, is a Maine native . . . Ryan Lavarnway started at first base for the second time this spring and handled several low throws adeptly . . . Jackie Bradley Jr. made a nice running catch in deep center field to take at least a double away from Soriano in the second inning.

NEXT GAME: The Sox host the Pirates Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Jake Peavy will face Wandy Rodriguez. The game is on NESN and WEEI-FM.

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