that's just who i am nowSince there's only one lonely papel-item today, I've put the entire thing here. From MLB.com's look at hot young things up-and-coming around the league:
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston: The Red Sox right-hander wasn't the closer when the season began, but after converting 10 of 10 save opportunities in April and winning recognition as Major League Baseball's Delivery Man of the Month for April, Papelbon is rapidly gaining fame.
In 14 1/3 April innings, the 25-year-old from Baton Rouge, La., did not give up a run and struck out 14.
The Red Sox view Papelbon, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, as a starting pitcher down the road. But right now, he is too invaluable as the closer.
"I like the competition, the fact that you have to go in there and be successful every day," Papelbon said. "You've got to get outs right then and there -- the pressure is on."
Papelbon, who counts a 95-mph fastball and splitter in his repertoire, has been dominating.
"I set my goals high. If you were going to tell me I would have had 10 saves and not given up a run, I would have believed it," Papelbon said. "That's just the way I go about it. It's not cocky, it's just confidence. It's just me going out there knowing who I am, knowing the pitcher that I am and going out there and executing."