do you hate the yankees?But of all of the mystic elements at play, none were greater than Ortiz's bat. With a thunderous swing, he launched the ball into the Boston night, not to come down until it landed in the glove of Jonathan Papelbon, who was warming up in the bullpen.
Papelbon hurled it halfway up the bleachers, a proper exclamation point to a 7-3 Sox win before 36,339 in the first of 19 regular-season meetings between these teams.
Okay, so that's more about Papi's amazing homerun than about Papelbon's continued scoreless-innings streak, but really, that homerun was pretty impressive.
Also impressive was the delightful way Papelbon struck out the much-loathed A-Rod to open the 9th.
Get the Boston Globe's full game recap here
In other news, The New York Sun is talking AL East race because after all, it is MAY:
Sox skipper Terry Francona gave closer Keith Foulke exactly one game's worth of rope to hang himself with before making Papelbon his closer. That decision saved the Red Sox from the bullpen uncertainty that undermined them in two of the last three seasons.
The Canadian Press talks closers, specifically Papelbon and Baltimore's Chris Ray:
Papelbon is already gaining folk-hero status in Boston for his quick and ruthless ninth innings. In a city where the attention is high and the pressure even higher on a playoff contender, he’s handled it all with ease.