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Red Sox vs. Athletics: Felix Doubront returns

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Felix Doubront is back for better or worse.

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox will have Felix Doubront on the mound Friday night as they attempt to score more than two runs.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX OAKLAND A'S
Brock Holt - RF Craig Gentry - CF
Xander Bogaerts - 3B Jed Lowrie - SS
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Yoenis Cespedes - LF
David Ortiz - DH Josh Donaldson - 3B
Mike Napoli - 1B Derek Norris - C
A.J. Pierzynski - C Brandon Moss - RF
Jonny Gomes - LF Kyle Blanks - 1B
Stephen Drew - SS A. Callaspo - DH
Jackie Bradley - CF Nick Punto - 2B

Usually when a pitcher returns from injury it's a cause for celebration. Less so when the pitcher in question is on the DL due more to diminishing velocity and awful results than anything else. Felix Doubront and his 5+ ERA have a lot to prove tonight, particularly given how well Boston's minor leaguers have performed.

He'll probably have to prove himself in a close game as well given that the Red Sox have scored no more than two runs dating back to last week. We're far past amusing and into the realm of depressing now.

Oh, and the game starts at 10:05. So that's fun too.