Doubront, Bard named to starting rotation


Doubront, Bard named to starting rotation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Weeks of suspense and speculation ended Sunday morning when Bobby Valentine tabbed Felix Doubront as his No. 4 starter and Daniel Bard as his No. 5, sending an unhappy Alfredo Aceves to the bullpen.

"Felix, I think, had the best spring of anyone if we just went on results,'' said Valentine. "But he also progressed the way we hoped he would progress, physically and mentally, to the point where we think he could be a very good major league starting pitcher.

"Daniel came in and progressed exactly as we hoped he would progress, so we just felt that it was, at this time, the right thing to do.''

Choosing Doubront and Bard meant sending Aceves back to the bullpen. Aceves seemed upset by the news, gesturing angrily as he was spoken to by Valetine and pitching coach Bob McClure.

"He talked (earlier) and expressed his desire and his life's dream (was to be a starter),'' said Valentine. "I like to be a dream-maker, not a dream-breaker. He wasn't happy about it, obviously, but I told him that he has a very, very important role on this team. I think he's one of the best pitchers in camp.

"Trying to figure out where we need him the most is a very difficult, perplexing problem. I could see him pitching at the end of games very easily.''

Valentine expressed that Aceves "didn't lose the job...but when we look at the situation on the team, it seems he has incredible value not being locked down for (just) one day.''

He added that the reason the Sox put Doubront fourth and Bard fifth is to avoid having two lefties (Doubront at No. 5 and Jon Lester No. 1) pitching back-to-back.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.