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Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Papelbon.’

Papelbon joins pitching-rich Phillies; replaces Madson as closer

 

Jonathan Papelbon with Boston July 2011 (photo by keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Jonathan Papelbon is the latest member to leave the Boston Red Sox since their collapse in September.

First it was manager Terry Francona, then general manager Theo Epstein and now the team’s closer.

Papelbon has agreed to a four-year contract to close games for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sources around MLB say that he’ll receive $50 million, the richest contract for a reliever.

Papelbon, who will turn 31 on November 23, racked up 219 saves in seven years with the Red Sox.

The four-time AL All-Star replaces Ryan Madson who closed games for the Phillies last season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, the Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news

Led by Russell Branyan, Indians come back from brink of defeat

compiled from staff and wire reports

Russell Branyan is the Indians latest hero, as he hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning Thursday night, rallying Cleveland to a crazy 8-7 win over the Boston Red Sox.

The Indians overcame three errors in one inning by third baseman Andy Marte, a 5-0 deficit, then a blown save by closer Kerry Wood along with an eighth-inning disruption by two fans who ran out onto the field to impersonate LeBron James and his throwing of powder into the air before every Cavs game.

Russell Branyan (mlb)

Kerry Wood got two quick outs in the top of the ninth before hitting J.D. Drew in the right leg with a pitch. Then Adrian Beltre belted a two-out, two-run homer off Wood (1-2) put Boston ahead 7-6.

The Indians quickly loaded the bases with no outs against Daniel Bard (1-2) in the bottom half of the ninth. Bard, closing games while Jonathan Papelbon is on the bereavement list, then struck out Travis Hafner and retired Jhonny Peralta on a foul out.

Branyan then blooped a looping single over second baseman Dustin Pedroia into shallow right field.

Dice-K tough on Indians in 4-1 win

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Indians felt that they could beat Daisuke Matsuzaka last night if they could make him throw alot of pitches, get the lead early and get him out of the way and not have to face Boston’s top-notch back end of the bullpen which is good even without closer Jonathan Papelbon who is the bereavement list.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (mlb)

That plan never got off the ground for the Tribe. Dice-K threw eight scoreless innings, matching the longest start of the season, threw 112 pitches, 70 for strikes. He struck out five, walked two and allowed four hits.

The Red Sox beat Cleveland last night at Progressive Field 4-1. Austin Kearns prevented the Indians from being shutout for a sixth time, by blasting a home run leading off the ninth inning.

The Red Sox have been a hot team recently. They are 30-16 since April 20 and 23-11 since May 3 and the hottest team in baseball along with Cincinnati.

Boston catcher Victor Martinez received a very warm round of applause from the crowd of 14, 758 when he came to the plate in the first inning. This was the first trip back to Cleveland since he was traded on July 31, 2009. Says Martinez, “Cleveland was great for me and my family. I really appreciated that ovation”.