Hey all. I’m back after a couple of days off. Not much in the way of morning news, as is typical for a day game after a night game.
Manager Terry Francona is quite pleased with the way Jonathan Papelbon is throwing the ball.
The closer is 1-2 with a 1.69 ERA and has converted all nine of his save opportunities.
“I think, when I say he’s on a good run, I think Pap’s career has been a good run,” Francona said. “He’s in a good place right now. He’s been staying in his delivery. I think he’s confident in that. I think he goes through times, and he’s probably talked about it openly, staying in his delivery. But he’s throwing all three pitches. He’s commanding. It’s a good combination. He’s pitching. I think, when he was in Toronto that night, I know his back was sore. But it seemed like, sometimes that is the case, guys have to think. Sometimes hitters, the best day they have are when they have their worst BP. They go into the game with such good concentration. It’s kind of weird how things work but he is throwing the ball really well and he’s using all his pitches.”
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