Felix Doubront Poised to Land No. 5 Spot in Red Sox Rotation, Shortstop Battle Heating Up (Podcast)There’s still plenty of questions to be answered before the Red Sox open up the season against the Tigers on April 5. But one of the most imporant questions could soon have an answer.

Felix Doubront pitched four scoreless innings against the Yankees in his spring start on Tuesday in what was eventually a 1-0 win for the Sox. While you can’t put too much stock into spring performances — especially just one start — there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the young left-hander.

Doubront battled injuries in 2011, but he appears healthy and ready to prove he deserves to be the team’s No. 5 starter. And with the 24-year-old out of options, it appears that the job is his to lose.

So what kind of implications would that have for other starters vying for a spot in the rotation, such as Aaron Cook, Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves? Well, NESN.com Red Sox beat writer Didier Morais answered that and more in his chat with Ricky Doyle.

Morais also touched on Pedro Ciriaco‘s hot spring, the Red Sox’ shortstop battle and how the corner outfield positions should look come Opening Day.

You can hear it all in the podcast below.