He had hoped to face some of his old pals like David Ortiz, but after Ortiz pinch hit in the eighth inning Friday night, that matchup was eliminated. Not that Jonathan Papelbon suffered any degree of discontent in his debut against his old team, the Red Sox, following a 6-4 Phillies win in which he earned his 12th save in as many chances. "I was kind of keeping track of that a little, but when it comes down to getting ready to come in the ballgame I was locked in and all the stuff is thrown out the window,'' Papelbon said. "It was just another ballgame. Cole [Hamels] pitched great and for me as a closer, I want to go out there and preserve all the wins I can for my starters. I take pride in that. That's what it boiled down to for me.'' Earlier in the day, Papelbon referred to Ortiz as "Big Sloppy.''
Papelbon saved his best for after the game
Boston Globe | May 19