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Papelbon sounds off on Manny

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06:11 AM ET 03.12 | Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had strong words about former teammate Manny Ramirez in an interview in Esquire magazine's April issue. "It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that's exactly what was happening," the right-hander told the magazine. "Once we saw that, we weren't afraid to get rid of him. ... He had to go. It (stunk), but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us." Papelbon detailed Ramirez's controversial acts last year before the Red Sox shipped him to the Dodgers in a three-way deal at the July 31 trade deadline, including Ramirez's suspicious injuries and physical confrontation with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick. "He was on a different train!" Paplebon said. "And you saw what happened with that. We got rid of him, and we moved on without him. That comes from the manager, and it comes from guys like Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz."

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