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March 23, 2013

Demoted but determined

Salem's Doyle ready to start season in PawSox' rotation

Salem High grad and Red Sox pitcher Terry Doyle met with Boston manager John Farrell, GM Ben Cherington and pitching coach Juan Nieves on Thursday and was informed he was being reassigned to minor league camp.

The news didn’t come as a surprise to Doyle, who signed a minor league contract with Boston with an invite to big league camp and expected to begin the year in the Triple-A Pawtucket starting rotation.

Farrell, Cherington and Nieves told Doyle he has pitched well and done everything he has been asked. The plan is for Doyle to stretch out his innings, work on durability and increase his pitch count in minor league camp.

“They told me I was going to go down and start the year out as a starter in Pawtucket,” said the former Eagle-Tribune baseball Player of the Year. “And hopefully, I can get up to 100 pitches and if I get called upon to help the big league team, hopefully I’ll be able to do that.”

Doyle pitched 14.0 inning over six games for the big league club this spring. He allowed nine runs, six earned (3.86 ERA), on 19 hits and three walks while striking out 12.

He struggled in his latest outing Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

He went two innings, allowed two runs on three hits (one homer), walking one, striking out two and being charged with the loss.

“Baseball is a funny game because I didn’t feel like I was throwing very well but my stats kind of looked differently and then my last outing was probably my worst but I thought it was the first one where I felt like I commanded my off-speed (pitches) and kind of moved my fastball around in the strike zone,” he said.

Doyle hopes to get his command to where it was before he pitched in Japan last summer. He won five straight starts for the White Sox’ Triple-A affiliate before signing a contract to pitch in Japan.

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