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BOS@NYY: Doubront fans two over 6 2/3 solid innings

Things have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront in April.

Two of his five outings have been quality starts. However, he's been unable to get out of the third inning in two others.

Doubront's last start against the Yankees was one of the rough ones. He allowed seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings for his third loss of the season.

"Even when I start losing my focus or concentration, I am still there. I'm trying to find ways to get that last hitter and it just isn't happening," Doubront said. "My mind is just thinking so fast in those situations."

He'll look to regain some consistency on Wednesday as the Rays and Red Sox face off at Fenway Park.

Since that last start against the Yankees, the left-hander said he's studied video and focused on how other Red Sox pitchers are finding success.

"My mindset is, 'What's going to happen is what's going to happen,'" Doubront said. "I have to be strong minded. I can't worry about what has happened in the past. I'm trying to look forward and reassure myself that everything is going to be all right."

Meanwhile, right-hander Chris Archer gets the nod for Tampa Bay. He's been much more dependable than Doubront to begin the season, tossing six-plus innings in four of his five outings, three of which were quality starts.

Against the White Sox on Friday, Archer allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings of work for the no-decision. He also struck out four batters.

"Going six innings doesn't ever really feel like an accomplishment to me," Archer said after the game. "I expect much more out of myself. I was happy with what I did, but I'm never going to think that six innings and four runs is an accomplishment."

With the Red Sox's lineup finally at full strength after the return of Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks last week, Archer knows Wednesday will be a battle.

"I'm still trying to execute the same pitch. Where the catcher puts his glove is where I'm trying to put it -- whether it's a free-swinging team or it's a more patient team," Archer said. "I think team's being patient can work to my advantage. If they're going to allow me to get strike one, then I'm going to take it. They may not chase, but from them being patient, they can fall behind just as easy as they can get ahead."

Rays: 1,000th game as Rays
Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox marked Tampa Bay's 1,000th game as the Rays. After being the Devil Rays, the team switched to the Rays prior to the 2008 season.

The team's first game as the Rays was on March 31, 2008, in a 6-2 win at Baltimore.

"We're really proud," said Rays manager Joe Maddon when asked about how well the team has done since the team changed its nickname. "This is something that we envisioned when we first began in 2006. It was a lot more difficult to imagine at that time. ... Now it's up to us to sustain it and build upon it. Establish a tradition."

Maddon and the present ownership took over prior to the 2006 season, a time when they believed the organization's culture had to be changed.

Red Sox: Team trying to perform at home
Finding success at Fenway Park has been difficult for the Red Sox this season.

The team came into Tuesday's win against the Rays having lost eight of its first 13 home games.

"It comes down to our starters setting the tone for that," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "And yes, we'd certainly like to perform better than we have here in Fenway."

For the first homestand this season, the Red Sox are playing with their full starting nine, including Victorino and Middlebrooks. Victorino had four hits, while Middlebrooks had one in Tuesday's game.

Worth noting
• Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan has 15 RBIs in his first month with the team, his most for one month.

• The Rays made only seven errors in their first 24 games until making five in the past three games.

• With 99 home runs and 120 stolen bases in his career, Dustin Pedroia is one home run shy of joining Carl Yastrzemski as the only players to record at least 100 of each as a Red Sox. Comments