Pap: Bailey can thrive in Boston


Pap: Bailey can thrive in Boston

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon was the closer in Boston for six seasons. That role belongs to Andrew Bailey now after Papelbon left Boston as a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

But Papelbon has no doubt that Bailey is up for the task, even as he moves from a small-market, non-contender like Oakland into a market like Boston, where everything gets magnified.

"You can look on that both ways,'' said Papelbon said after reporting to Phillies' camp. "He's going to a city that, on those days when it's a day game in September or August, and the stadium is packed and he has no life in his body. But as soon he walks onto the field, that life immediately comes up. He's going to have that, which is a huge positive for him.

"But then again, everybody is going to have something to say about whether he's doing his job. He's going to have play his own game. He's got all the talent in the world. He should be able to thrive in that environment.''

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1


Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.