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Papelbon Pitches Five Outs to a Rocky Save

Published by on May 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Look for Saito to close for the Red Sox if they have a save chance against the Yankees. Papelbon threw 32 pitches to get five hard earned outs for the Red Sox.

The save was rocky, but not as bad as it looks. The eighth was fine, but in cold weather he had a 20-plus minute wait for the ninth. After giving up a single to Brett Gardner that the shortstop would have thrown out most runners, he then hit Derek Jeter. He then struck out Mark Teixeira, walked Swisher, and then struck out Cano. Overall it was a great performance for Papelbon, and from a fantasy perspective it was huge. However, it will cost Papelbon owners the next day for Paps. Expect Takashi Saito to get a save opportunity. this is not official, but I know how Francona...

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