During Tuesday's game against the Rays, Boston starter Felix Doubront was presented with a situation that doesn't exactly occur every day.
He faced his former manager.
Gabe Kapler was a backup outfielder for the Red Sox from 2003-06 before he retired and took a gig managing Boston's Class-A Greenville Drive. Doubront pitched part of the year for the Drive, but did not fare well.
Kapler managed several other current Red Sox as well, such as Daniel Bard, Jon Lester, Josh Reddick and Dustin Richardson. However, it wasn't until Tuesday night that Kapler squared off a former protege.
"He was another hitter I wanted to strike out," Doubront cracked to CSN New England when asked what it was like to face Kapler. Kapler, for his part, noted that Doubront was a completely different pitcher now than he was back in 2007, according to the St. Petersburg Times .
This is certainly true. Doubront posted a 5.66 ERA in eight starts for Class-A Lowell before moving to Greenville in 2007 and tossing up an unsightly 8.93 ERA in 11 starts. Now, he's one of the team's better prospects with a 2.36 mark in Triple-A Pawtucket over six starts in 2010. He's also made eight starts for Double-A Portland (2.51 ERA) and has stepped into the breach twice so far for the BoSox on the year. Over two starts at the major-league level, Doubront has a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings, whiffing five and walking six.
Kapler was recently activated from the disabled list and is hitting .220/.314/.286 on the season in 106 plate appearances.
-- Evan Brunell
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