By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Jonathan Papelbon appealed his three-game suspension forbumping the home plate umpire on June 4, which resulted in the firstejection of his career, and found out Friday it was reduced to twogames, which he will serve Friday and Saturday. For him, the processwas worthwhile.
"Yeah I think so," he said. "Theres always gotto be a process and I think the process was done very well and veryfair for both sides and when the thing first happened I got to own upto it and I did. So now the consequencesare set.
Papelbon said he thought the penatly was fair, and wanted to learn from it.
"Yeah, just like a kid," he said. "If its hot dont touch it."
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
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Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.