It’s official. You won’t see Joel Pineiro, Branden Donnelly, or J.C. Romero coming out of the bullpen in the 9th. You won’t see Mike Timlin or Julian Tavarez either. Instead, it’ll be young Jonathan Papelbon closing Red Sox games again this year.
A lot of people were excited about seeing him start, and about the potential 1-2-3-4 punch that Boston’s rotation would deliver with him in the starting rotation with Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
But there’s no arguing with his past success, and while we can’t expect the same type of dominating performance, Jonathan has the stuff to get the job done.
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