Felix Doubront hurts value in ugly outing
If Felix Doubront wants to be traded, he may have set those plans back a ways with a forgettable performance Monday night that likely didn’t endear him to his manager, coaches, or any team that had any inkling of acquiring him.
Doubront, who told the Globe last week that he wanted to be a starter and wanted to be traded if he couldn’t resume that role, allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning with two walks in a 14-1 Red Sox loss to the Blue Jays in what might have been the worst performance of his career.
Asked if Doubront didn’t look interested, manager John Farrell said, “I don’t think he’s disinterested, but he’s capable of more. Three out of the last four outings have been very good. Tonight that was not the case. On a night when he could stretch himself out a little bit, that wasn’t the case.”
Doubront, who elected not to discuss his outing with the media, now has an 8.57 ERA as a reliever in 29 games and 35⅔ innings.
Farrell was asked whether Doubront, moved to the bullpen June 24, not liking his role has led to his struggles.
“I would hope not,” Farrell said. “If you’re a pitcher, regardless of the role that you’re in, you’re asked to execute pitches. This is still a staff that has competition within it. There are pitchers who have moved ahead of him. He’s been effective in the past coming out of the bullpen, but if the role is affecting his pitching then there needs to be a different focus to realizing his potential and capabilities.”
Rays still chirping
The Rays’ David Price and Chris Archer again ripped into David Ortiz Monday, criticizing the Red Sox slugger for his bat fling Sunday when Ortiz hit a three-run homer off Archer to lead Boston to a 3-2 win.
Archer told MLB.com that sometimes Ortiz acts “bigger than the game of baseball,” which he must have learned from his mentor, Price, who said the same thing a few weeks ago.
Ortiz said Sunday that Archer was “not the right guy to be saying that,” adding, “I don’t think, you know, you got two days in the league, you can’t be just [whining] and complaining about [things] like that.”
So Price and Archer went after Big Papi once again.
“[Archer] said what he needed to say,” Price said. “He handled it extremely well — I wish I would have handled it that well. Everybody sees the same thing. Like Archer said, him and Big Papi’s conversations have been great. Same with me. Whenever you have conversations the way that [Ortiz] has them with people, you think he has respect for you. Doesn’t look that way.
“That’s how [Ortiz] is, though. If anything ever happens, he wants to be on everybody’s good side. That’s why he does what he does — and everybody knows that. We’re not worried about that.”
Price claims his and Archer’s feelings about Ortiz are widespread around baseball. “Not just in here — that’s around baseball. I’m sure he’s got texts,” Price said.
Archer said he had no regrets about what he said.
“Do I regret saying the truth?” Archer said. “I heard what he said, and my immediate thought was, ‘You’re never too youthful to tell the truth or say things how you see them.’ Agitated is not the right word; angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me.”
Of course, it cuts both ways.
Archer has been demonstrative, jumping up and pumping his fist and kissing his biceps after getting Daniel Nava out in the past. Why is that OK?
“I mean, I’ve gotten excited before, and they blow that out of proportion, too, saying that I kissed my bicep,” Archer said. “Man, but honestly, I was in the infant stages of my career there — that was literally, like, my fifth start of my career. People say, ‘You should act like you’ve been there before.’ At that time in my career, I had never been there.
“I think we all know that’s how he plays the game. I don’t take back what I said, but what I said was true. I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat — I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of player as far as what they’ve accomplished. But I guess different people have different ways of reacting, and that’s just who he is, how he plays the game. I’m not mad, just speaking the truth.”
“It’s just a game, man,” Archer continued. “All this is completely blown out of proportion. I just said the truth, man. You can ask anybody. If they’re gonna be honest, they’re gonna tell you how they feel. If they want to say the politically correct thing, they may not say exactly how they feel.”
A day later, Ortiz mostly took the high road.
“That’s the way it’s been for me this year,” he said.
Wade Boggs still has trouble with the fact that his number hasn’t been retired by the Red Sox. No. 26 has been given out regularly, most recently to Brock Holt.
“I think I’m the only Hall of Famer who doesn’t have his number retired,” Boggs said at the Hall of Fame festivities in Cooperstown, N.Y., last weekend. “I don’t understand the reason for it.”
Was it riding the horse with the Yankees in 1996 when the Yankees won the championship? Was it his affair with Margo Adams that went public? Boggs just shrugged. He doesn’t have an answer. He remains the player with the highest Fenway Park average — .369, 8 points better than Ted Williams.
Boggs said he spends a lot of time in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan hunting Marco Polo sheep, a ram-like creature. He’s made the hunting of this wild animal his passion and often spends seven or eight weeks in the mountains.
Ortiz has 13 RBIs in the last eight games, giving him 77 on the season. He is third in the American League behind only Miguel Cabrera (81) and Jose Abreu (79). Ortiz has driven in 13 of the team’s last 29 runs . . . Holt was 0 for 3 with a walk. He is 1 for 23 with four walks in his last six games. The slump has dropped his average from .326 to .304 . . . Shane Victorino has reached base in all eight games he has played since being activated off the disabled list . . . Farrell said that all signs point to Allen Webster starting Saturday . . . The Blue Jays traded righthander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.
Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Joe Castiglione will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame at a Fenway Park luncheon Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The inductees then will participate in a ceremony before the 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Astros. The event is open to the public and tickets are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The event benefits a new historical nonprofit, the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund, a 501(c)3 that helps preserve and display historic elements and artifacts at the iconic landmark. Tables start at $2,500 each, but fans can purchase individual tickets for $250. The event will feature a silent auction, a museum display of items from all four honorees, and the three World Series trophies. All guests will receive a commemorative gift. NESN play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo will MC. Martinez’s 1999 one-hit, 17-strikeout complete game at Yankee Stadium will be recognized as the “Great Red Sox Moment.”