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Jason Bay is doing his best to help Red Sox forget about Manny Ramirez. After an acrobatic yet questionable catch in left field (a play Manny would have never made), Bay blasted a HR to give the Sox a 4-3 lead. He then launched a second HR in the ninth inning that became a very large insurance run for Jonathan Papelbon the next half inning.
In the ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon uncharacteristically gave up a HR to Torii Hunter on a fastball (he allowed just four HRs all last season). Paps suffered from location problems to load the bases with two outs against Howie Kendrick, but managed to get him to fly out to end the game after Kendrick fouled off seven straight pitches on an 0-2 count. Well…Papelbon definitely earned this save in a 5-4 Red Sox win.
Jason Bay, LF: Bay had an awesome game overall. He had the aforementioned circus catch, and went 2-3 with two HRs, three runs scored, and three RBIs.
Jonathan Papelbon, CL: Paps didn’t have his best stuff. He got a big out with two outs in the eighth inning against Vladimir Guerrero, but struggled in the ninth inning against the second half of the Angels lineup. He allowed one run (the Hunter HR) on two hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.