May 5, 2009
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 an infield single to Brett Gardner—runners without Gardner's speed would have been put out—Papelbon then hit Derek Jeter
He then struck out Mark Teixeira, walked Nick Swisher, and struck out Robinson 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.
Although nothing is official, expect Saito to get a save opportunity; I know how Francona handles Papelbon, and he will not pitch if the Red Sox lead in the ninth tomorrow. That is probably obvious to anyone.
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