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October 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
A dazed Victor Martinez, still in uniform, stared into his locker. Across the silent Boston clubhouse, Jonathan Papelbon, a scowl creasing his face, sat cross-legged, looking off into space. Next to him, Josh Beckett dressed quickly and left through a side door without speaking to anyone. Moments earlier the Red Sox had been a happy, confident bunch. They had a two-run lead on the scoreboard and on the mound they had a closer in Papelbon who hadn't yielded a run in 26 postseason innings.
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July 5, 2013
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June 21, 2009 | Mike Penner
The hearts of Red Sox Nation sank last week when closer Jonathan Papelbon said on Sirius XM Radio that he could envision playing for the New York Yankees someday. "Oh, of course. I mean, I think if we can't come to an agreement on terms here in a Red Sox uniform, I mean, I think that's pretty much the writing on the wall," Papelbon said. He added: "Not only the Bronx, but anywhere. I think anywhere is a possibility.
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June 15, 2013
"Who … should I close with?" - Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, in the wake of Jose Valverde's third blown save within a month. "'I had him in fantasy once and he killed me so ... five games?' - how I assume someone from MLB decided on Hinske's suspension. " - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, on Twitter, after peace-loving teammate Eric Hinske was suspended five games for his role in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl. "When you start talking about blowing it up, you're basically saying you're going to start from scratch.
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June 15, 2013
"Who … should I close with?" - Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, in the wake of Jose Valverde's third blown save within a month. "'I had him in fantasy once and he killed me so ... five games?' - how I assume someone from MLB decided on Hinske's suspension. " - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, on Twitter, after peace-loving teammate Eric Hinske was suspended five games for his role in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl. "When you start talking about blowing it up, you're basically saying you're going to start from scratch.
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September 2, 2009 | Associated Press
New York 9, at Baltimore 6: Jorge Posada homered twice, and Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske hit successive drives in a three-run seventh inning that carried the Yankees over the Orioles. Robinson Cano also connected for the Yankees. at Detroit 8, Cleveland 5: Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, lifting the Tigers. Edwin Jackson (11-6) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. Boston 8, at Tampa Bay 4: Jonathan Papelbon bailed Boston out of an eighth-inning jam, and Jason Bay, J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis homered in the opener of a series crucial to the AL wild-card race.
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September 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
BOSTON -- Dan Johnson woke up in Pennsylvania in triple A on Tuesday. He'll go to bed in New York on Thursday as a member of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Johnson, scratched from the lineup because he didn't get into town until just before the first pitch, hit a tying pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning off Jonathan Papelbon, Dioner Navarro doubled in the go-ahead run, and the Rays beat Boston, 5-4, to extend their division lead. Tampa Bay had lost four straight and six of seven -- and Boston had won six of seven, including a 3-0 victory in the series opener -- to cut the Rays' lead from 5 1/2 games to half a game.
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May 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
at Minnesota 7, Boston 6: Mike Lamb hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, who blew his second consecutive save opportunity. Delmon Young led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice and stole third. Carlos Gomez walked and stole second. Then Lamb hit a 1-and-2 pitch from Papelbon. Baltimore 7, at Kansas City 4: Steve Trachsel earned his first victory since April 4 and the Orioles beat the Royals for the 11th time in a row.
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March 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Boston Red Sox and closer Jonathan Papelbon agreed Thursday to a $775,000, one-year contract, nearly doubling his salary. Papelbon was among 18 Red Sox who agreed to one-year deals, putting Boston's 40-man major league roster under contract. Papelbon earned $425,550 last season, when he had 37 saves in 40 opportunities and a 1.85 earned-run average, then saved three of the four World Series games against Colorado. Papelbon, 27, will be eligible for arbitration after the season.
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October 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The door to the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park is on the concourse beneath the third base grandstands. And though most in the sellout crowd of 38,704 were disappointed by the Angels' comeback win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, they managed to keep their ire focused on the real enemy: the New York Yankees. So as fans passed by the locker room on their way out of the ballpark, they sent the Angels off to the American League Championship Series with chants of "Beat the Yankees!
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December 28, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
New Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine found his new pitcher for the back end of the bullpen on Wednesday when the team acquired closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Josh Reddick , infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara . In the deal, first reported by ESPN, Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace Jonathan Papelbon...
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September 28, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Let's see the playoffs top that. On what was the most nail-biting conclusion to a regular season in baseball history, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays completed two of the greatest stretch runs to win the National and American league wild-card playoff berths while the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox suffered the two most spectacular September collapses of all time. But what happened isn't nearly as dramatic as how. Tampa Bay, which trailed 7-0 in the eighth inning, clinched its playoff berth by beating the New York Yankees, 8-7, when Evan Longoria homered in the 12th, just minutes after the Red Sox blew a ninth-inning lead and lost in Baltimore, 4-3. In the National League, the Braves coughed up the lead in the ninth and the game in the 13th, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, and giving the NL's wild-card spot to the Cardinals, who shut out Houston, 8-0, earlier in the night.
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October 12, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN
The great ones seldom know when it is time to go. They hang on, evoking pity rather than respect. They are not who they are, but who they used to be. Vladimir Guerrero used to be the most feared hitter in baseball. He swung at just about everything, hit good pitches and bad with crushing authority. You would walk him before you would let him beat you. It was an astonishing sight, really, as shadows descended upon the field Sunday at Fenway Park. The season was on the line for the Boston Red Sox. Guerrero was on deck.
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October 12, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Boston Red Sox were in agreement: They do not like Bobby Abreu. It was the ultimate compliment for the veteran right fielder, whose fingerprints were all over the Angels' three-game American League division series sweep of the Red Sox. "I can do without Abreu," Boston third baseman Mike Lowell said. "I felt like he was on base the whole damn series. I mean, I like the guy, but I don't like him that much." Next to Lowell in the losing clubhouse was reliever Billy Wagner, who gave up a leadoff double to Abreu in the eighth inning, the hit that sparked the comeback that gave the Angels a 7-6, series-clinching win in Fenway Park.
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October 12, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna and Bill Shaikin
This was not a routine save for Brian Fuentes , and not just because this game clinched the Angels' victory over the Boston Red Sox in the American League division series. Fuentes inherited a one-run lead to start the ninth inning and retired three batters in order to close the Angels' 7-6 come-from-behind victory. He had done that only once since the All-Star break. Yet there he was, a four-time All-Star closer at the bottom of a dog-pile for the first time in his career.
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October 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
A dazed Victor Martinez, still in uniform, stared into his locker. Across the silent Boston clubhouse, Jonathan Papelbon, a scowl creasing his face, sat cross-legged, looking off into space. Next to him, Josh Beckett dressed quickly and left through a side door without speaking to anyone. Moments earlier the Red Sox had been a happy, confident bunch. They had a two-run lead on the scoreboard and on the mound they had a closer in Papelbon who hadn't yielded a run in 26 postseason innings.
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October 12, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The Boston Red Sox were in agreement: They do not like Bobby Abreu. It was the ultimate compliment for the veteran right fielder, whose fingerprints were all over the Angels' three-game American League division series sweep of the Red Sox. "I can do without Abreu," Boston third baseman Mike Lowell said. "I felt like he was on base the whole damn series. I mean, I like the guy, but I don't like him that much." Next to Lowell in the losing clubhouse was reliever Billy Wagner, who gave up a leadoff double to Abreu in the eighth inning, the hit that sparked the comeback that gave the Angels a 7-6, series-clinching win in Fenway Park.
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October 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The door to the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park is on the concourse beneath the third base grandstands. And though most in the sellout crowd of 38,704 were disappointed by the Angels' comeback win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, they managed to keep their ire focused on the real enemy: the New York Yankees. So as fans passed by the locker room on their way out of the ballpark, they sent the Angels off to the American League Championship Series with chants of "Beat the Yankees!
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September 2, 2009 | Associated Press
New York 9, at Baltimore 6: Jorge Posada homered twice, and Nick Swisher and Eric Hinske hit successive drives in a three-run seventh inning that carried the Yankees over the Orioles. Robinson Cano also connected for the Yankees. at Detroit 8, Cleveland 5: Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen homered on successive pitches and Brandon Inge also went deep, lifting the Tigers. Edwin Jackson (11-6) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings. Boston 8, at Tampa Bay 4: Jonathan Papelbon bailed Boston out of an eighth-inning jam, and Jason Bay, J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis homered in the opener of a series crucial to the AL wild-card race.
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