Notes: Pap saves 200th; Girardi criticizes Papi


Notes: Pap saves 200th; Girardi criticizes Papi

By SeanMcAdam

NEW YORK -- Jonathan Papelbon's save Tuesday night wasn't any ordinary save.

It was the 200th of his career, making the Red Sox' closer the fastest to 200 in history.

Papelbon allowed a run in the ninth, but closed out the Sox' 6-4 win when he struck out Alex Rodriguez with a 97 mph fastball with a runner in scoring position.

It came in Papelbon's 359th career appearance. Previously, Mariano Rivera had held the record, reaching his 200th save in appearance No. 382.

"This game will definitely hold a little special something in my heart,'' said Papelbon, who notched his 12th save of the season. "It's something that's obviously very special. But for me, right now, after it's all said and done, I'll think about it a little bit tonight and tomorrow, move forward and keep doing what I'm doing.''

Papelbon said getting pregame news of his three-game suspension for bumping umpire Tony Randazzo Saturday was not disruptive.

"Not one bit,'' he said.

Papelbon said he'll save the lineup card and ball from the occasion.

Getting the record in front of Rivera, Papelbon acknowledged, was special.

"I've always called him the Godfather,'' said Papelbon. "He's the one who's made this role closer what it is today, and there's no ifs, ands or buts about it. This role has become what it is today because of that one man.

"I feel like I have a special relationship with Rivera because of the simple fact that I'm here today because of what he did. It doesn't matter that I did it in front of him; that's kind of out of the equation. But I don't think I would do it without him making this role what it is.''

The Sox lost set-up man Bobby Jenks in the seventh inning, but the reliever hopes it won't be for long.

After going 3-and-0 to Jorge Posada, Jenks felt something grab in his upper back, just below his left shoulder.

"It's an injury that happened years and years ago,'' said Jenks. "Unfortunately, it still gives me fits every now and then. Everything's fine once I cool down and the muscle starts relaxing. It will be all right. Should be just a day or two.''

Just to be sure, Jenks plans to have an MRI performed Wednesday morning.

"It's a small muscle that I tore years ago,'' said Jenks. "It heals itself. The last time was a year or two ago. I felt it during warmups. I was hoping it was cramping, but today, it just locked up pretty good. It got real tight and took my breath away a little bit.''

Matt Albers came in and replaced Jenks and, after throwing ball four to walk Posada, got Alex Rodriguez on a flyout and got Robinson Cano on an inning-ending double-play.

New York manager Joe Giradi made a point of saying that he ''didn't really care for'' David Ortiz's celebratory bat flip in the fifth when he smashed a two-run homer to right.

Ortiz didn't seem bothered by Girardi's reaction.

"That's Papi style,'' said Ortiz. "You've seen that before . . . It's not my first time, it's not going to be my last. Big deal. I'm a home-run hitter. That's all I can tell you.

"I've done that before. It's not like I do it all the time. It's part of the excitement. What can I tell you? I just went deep. It's just another homer for Papi, you know what I mean?''

Jed Lowrie was replaced by the just-activated Marco Scutaro at shortstop because his left shoulder is still sore, more than a weekafter a collision with teammate Mike Cameron. Lowrie said the pain is a"dull ache,'' and he plans to undergo an MRI soon on the shoulder.

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Tanguay: I would give up Mookie Betts for Chris Sale

Tanguay: I would give up Mookie Betts for Chris Sale

Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson debate whether they would include Mookie Betts in a trade to get Chris Sale, or if the Boston Red Sox are better with Betts staying despite needing help in their rotation.

Dombrowski: Red Sox not eyeing 'significant' deal at deadline

Dombrowski: Red Sox not eyeing 'significant' deal at deadline

While some reports nationally have the Red Sox in search of a dramatic deal in the run-up to next Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, Dave Dombrowski hardly sounded like someone seeking a blockbuster to improve his club.

"I'm not necessarily looking to make something significant,'' said Dombrowski, ''because we've already added. We have five solid starters. Could they be better? If we have five All-Stars, we're better. But we have five guys we like. Our offense is the best in baseball as far as run production is concerned. Could we better? Sure. Will we be open-minded? Sure. But I don't see that there's a driving force (to do something).''

Certainly, there seem to be plenty of interested trade partners, as Dombrowski revealed that on Monday alone, the Sox received five different trade proposals that they hadn't received before.

"So that's why this time is year is interesting,'' said Dombrowski. "We also have some very good young players in our organization, so some teams are looking for those players. And I can say we're not close to making any trades right now.''

If the Sox have an area of weakness at this point, it's the bullpen, thanks to a season-ending injury to Carson Smith, a long-term injury for Koji Uehara and the current DL stint for closer Craig Kimbrel.

"I think our bullpen will be fine,'' Dombrowski predicted. "We're dealing with a tough situation, for the simple fact that we've had a lot of injuries. (Junichi) Tazawa's up and he's back and pretty much getting to the point where he can get back to his normal routine. Kimbrel threw the ball very well today; I wouldn't be surprised if he joined us relatively soon.

"So all of a sudden, you've got (Matt) Barnes, (Brad) Ziegler, we brought up (Joe) Kelly, (Robbie) Ross has thrown the ball very well for us. Can it be better? Sure. You listen to anything at this point. But. . . I know people keep saying 'They've got to add somebody, they've gotta add somebody.' But they forget that we're getting Kimbrel back and we just got Tazawa back.

"You look at it and if those two guys weren't back. My answer would be yes, we need to do something. But I think we're more in a position where we're open-minded but it's not a necessity.''

Some teams have called on Clay Buchholz, currently relegated to a mop-up role in the bullpen. But Dombrowski said Buchholz still has value to the Sox.

"He's real good protection for us (in the rotation),'' he said. "I thought he threw the ball the other day as well as I've seen him throw it all year. And I know, if you just looked at the stats, you'd say, 'He didn't do very well.' Unfortunately, we missed a couple of balls that were catchable. I thought his stuff was outstanding so he's got a place to help us.''