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Papelbon feared for wife's safety

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05:45 AM ET 07.16 | Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon was the least popular player in uniform last night - and that was before he allowed an eighth-inning run to put the NL ahead. Papelbon, who had previously created a commotion by suggesting he should be the AL's closer instead of the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, entered to an obscene chant - and was soon hearing "over-rated" as the NL scored an unearned run against him. It capped a tumultuous day for the right-hander, who said he feared for the safety of his pregnant wife during the All-Star parade in Manhattan earlier in the day. Papelbon told MLB.com that his wife Ashley heard numerous insults from fans as the parade moved along Sixth Avenue. "I feel like I needed to be in a bulletproof car," Papelbon told the Web site. "My wife is pregnant and getting her life threatened. It's stupid."

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