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Boston Red Sox
Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies begin interleague play against Papelbon's former teammates. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
For the first time since Opening Day, the Phillies are above .500. This, then, marks the first time they enter a series above .500. Just in time for interleague play.
The Phillies host their first interleague series against the Boston Red Sox, another team that struggled out of the gate but has since started to find their form. Much like the Phillies, the Red Sox are currently in last place in a competitive division. Both teams recently put together their first five-game win streaks of the season. The Phillies are currently on theirs. The Red Sox had theirs snapped on Wednesday but bounced back with a win on Thursday. That makes both teams winners in six of their last seven games.
So, with both teams hot, who are the ones to watch on the Red Sox? Much like the Phillies, it may be best to start with the players the Phillies won'...
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The Phillies closer referred to himself in the third person as "Cinco" and criticized his former team during a bizarre interview that aired on Boston radio.
Jonathan Papelbon's love affair with Philadelphia continues, with his newest statement comparing Philly to Paris. I'm sure with all the money Papelbon has, he has made a few trips to Paris, so he can make a knowledgable comparison of the two cities. The Eiffel Tower, Le louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Montmarte, all of those great sights in Philadelphia. What, Philly...
Jonathan Papelbon loves to talk and when asked about it being weird to face his old club, he admitted it would be. But not for Cinco Ocho. He ain't afraid of nothin'!
"It won't be weird. It might be a little weird for Pap, but it won't be weird for Cinco," Papelbon told Boston's WEEI radio. "Cinco is like a great white, when he smells blood...
Jonathan Papelbon was quite the character in Boston, and he's quite the character in Philadelphia. The veteran closer, who goes by the self-proclaimed nickname Cinco Ocho, has continued his crazy ways in his new home, providing fans with plenty of personality. That personality is what truly separates him from the game's other All-Stars. Papelbon couples his unique personality...
One thing is for sure, Jonathan Papelbon is never lacking in the self-confidence department. Yes, he has the closer mentality we speak about all the time.
With the upcoming weekend series coming up bringing the Boston Red Sox to town you might expect that Papelbon will be one of the focal points in the media. That got started Monday on Boston radio station WEEI, and with a featured...
The red Sox will see Jonathan Papelbon on Friday for the first time since the All-Star closer left during the offseason. Papelbon had some interesting things to say about his former club on Thursday and he appears to have even developed a new alter-ego, "Cinco." NESN Red Sox analyst Dennis Eckersley broke down Papelbon's attitude and overall pitching style during Thursday...
Believe it or not, this season’s first portion of interleague baseball is set to begin on Friday. For the Red Sox, interleague play this year consists of a three-game weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies -- that means the possibility of facing former closer Jonathan Papelbon. So how is Papelbon doing sporting the Phillies red? He is 0-1 in 15 appearances with an 2.40...
He wasn't going to sit there and lie about this being just another set of three games during the long grind of 162 during the regular season. No, Jonathan Papelbon and his self-described alter ego -- "Cinco Ocho" -- had known the exact date and time that his old Boston Red Sox teammates would make their way to Citizens Bank Park. "I've been looking forward...
For some reason or another, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon decided to grant an interview to a radio station in his former stomping ground of Boston. Rob Bradford conducted what turned out to be a bizarre interview that aired on Mut and Merloni’s show on WEEI. And when I write “bizarre,” I’m not overstating it. The [...]
PHILADELPHIA –– Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" started blaring over the loudspeakers at Citizens Bank Ballpark. As the chorus grew louder, Jonathan Papelbon trotted out of the bullpen. It was an unfamiliar setting for the closer, considering it was Papelbon's first career save opportunity against the Red Sox. Just hours earlier, he expressed his desire...
The Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to a very rich contract in the offseason, and he earned his money last night, notching his 12th save of the season against his former teammates, the Boston Red Sox.
With the game on the line, the music blared and Jonathan Papelbon, the $50 million closer for the Phillies ran onto the field. Papelbon is always intense and focused, but his eyes...
The Phillies took down the Red Sox in the first game of their 3 game series, 6 - 4, with Jonathan Papelbon shutting the door. As if it would have ended any other way.
This one looked like a disaster from the jump, as Bard was just awful in the first. He gave up 3 walks and 2 hits leading to 4 runs in the inning. He settled down after that, only allowing one more hit the rest...
Here is tonight's lineup vs. the Phillies:
Aviles SS Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross RF Middlebrooks 3B Saltalamacchia C Nava LF Byrd CFBard SP
Game time is at 7:05pm EST and is carried on NESN and MLBN.
This is the first game of interleague play. Ortiz is sitting and Gonzo is playing 1B. It's also when the Sox are going to face their former closer, Jonathan Papelbon. ...
The Red Sox start interleague play on Friday against the Phillies, which means two things. One, that they'll have their first look up close at Jonathan Papelbon in a different uniform. Two, that they'll be without a designated hitter. That means that if Bobby Valentine wants to have David Ortiz's bat in the lineup for this weekend's slate of games in Philadelphia...
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's pitchers, led by starter Cole Hamels and capped by closer Jonathan Papelbon, kept Boston's offense in check and won the first Interleague meeting of the season between the teams 6-4 on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. It was just the third time in eight games in which the Red Sox had scored four runs or fewer. Papelbon, who was drafted...