Papelbon: Pressure of the race is 'fun'


Papelbon: Pressure of the race is 'fun'

By Sean McAdam Red SoxInsider Follow@sean_mcadam
BALTIMORE -- On Sunday night, in a marathon, 14-inning gameagainst the Yankees, Jonathan Papelbon showed electric stuff,dominating hitters.

Tuesday night, he wasn't quiteas dominant in part because he threw 29 pitches in the previous outing.He gave up a run in the ninth on two hits, but successfully protectedthe lead.

And he enjoyed every minute ofit.

He endured an epic at-bat with Adam Jones forthe final out, with Jones fouling off a handful of pitches and takingsome pitches just outside the strike zone.

Finally,on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Papelbon got Jones to hit a weaktapper to Jed Lowrie for the final out.

"That's justthe way it's going to be," said Papepbon of the demands of the inning."I don't know if you could see out there, but there were a couple oftimes when I had a little grin on my face. I enjoy that. That'sbaseball. It doesn't get any better thanthat."

"It's fun. It's what it's allabout."

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

NEW YORK - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss in New York.



"I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs." - Red Sox principal owner John Henry

"I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway." - David Ortiz, after the Red Sox lose on a walkoff, but clinch the division anyway.

“I’ll still be trying to hit the next four games, but if it just happens to be my last one (homer of his career), it’ll be pretty special." - Mark Teixeira, who's retiring Sunday and hit the walk-off grand slam.



* Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow a walkoff grand slam since Julian Tavarez in 2006.

* Craig Kimbrel failed to record an out -- in 28 pitches -- marking the third time in 410 career appearances that that happened.

* Koji Uehara posted his 14th straight scoreless appearance.

* Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 appearances.

* Dustin Pedroia has scored five runs and knocked in seven in his last five games.

* Mookie Betts posted his major league-leading 66th multi-hit game.

* Clay Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA in his last seven starts.

* The one hit allowed by Buchholz marks the fewest hits allowed by him in a non-injury-shortened game since his no-hitter in 2007.

* The win marked only the second time the Red Sox have clinched the A.L. East away from home. The other time was in Cleveland in 1998.



1) Mark Teixeira

The first baseman is going out in style. In the final week of his career, he hit his second game-winning homer of the week, with Wednesday's being a walk-off grand slam.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was brilliant, allowing three baserunners -- an infield hit and two walks -- in six shutout innings.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts delivered what appeared to be the game's biggest blow -- a two-run chopped double in the eighth to break open a scoreless tie.