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Papelbon might not have closed Game 7

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05:41 AM ET 10.22 | Had the Red Sox taken a late lead in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, the ninth inning may have brought an unfamiliar sight: someone other than Jonathan Papelbon emerging from the bullpen. Manager Terry Francona remains uncertain whether Papelbon, the first pitcher ever to throw his first 25 postseason innings without being charged with an earned run, would have been fresh enough to pitch in Game 7. "I don't know," Francona said. "I really don't know."

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