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03/28/11 4:21 PM ET

Lackey stays behind in Fort Myers to pitch

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Despite shaky weather forecasts, Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the 2 1/2-hour drive from Fort Myers, Fla., to play the Blue Jays on Monday.

His battery didn't.

With threats of showers at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Francona left right-hander John Lackey and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind at City of Palms Park. So Lackey's final start of the spring came in somewhat of a simulated game at the Red Sox's complex, where weather held up just enough for Lackey to get his pitches in.

The 32-year-old, who posted a 3.43 ERA in 21 Grapefruit League innings, threw 74 pitches (47 strikes) in five innings, with Saltalamacchia catching and no defense behind him.

Daniel Bard (13 pitches, 10 strikes) and Jonathan Papelbon (21 pitches, nine strikes) each hurled an inning. Kevin Youkilis and Carl Crawford got close to 10 at-bats apiece.

"We thought when we left there, it was going to be in the cage because it was pouring," Francona said. "So we probably got more out of it than we expected."

Tony Pena Jr. started against the Blue Jays in Lackey's place.

Worth noting

Left-hander Felix Doubront, hindered by a bothersome left elbow, will be placed on the disabled list so he can work out of extended spring camp. Red Sox manager Terry Francona called the move "prodedural," and Doubront should be ready to go at around the time of Triple-A Pawtucket's season opener. ... General manager Theo Epstein said he'd like to play his Opening Day starting lineup during the Grapefruit League finale at City of Palms Park on Tuesday to give each of his starters at least one at-bat.

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