Papelbon Sees Similarities Between His Old Red Sox and New Phillies Teams

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Papelbon Sees Similarities Between His Old Red Sox and New Phillies Teams
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It was a bold prediction on the final day of an unpleasant season. "If we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball [next season], we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Jonathan Papelbon said after the Phillies finished 2012 with a lackluster loss to Washington at Nationals Park. Nearly 20 weeks later, the Phillies closer was asked to explain his comment before Sunday's wind-chilled workout at the Carpenter Complex.

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