Papelbon says he's 'locked in'

March, 1, 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon worked one perfect inning in his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.

It was a brief six-pitch outing but the right-hander was satisfied with his performance.

“I felt as locked in as I probably will all spring, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue that for the rest of the spring and into the season.”

Papelbon should make eight to 10 appearances this spring while he prepares for the regular season.

“It’s such a fine line,” he said of his spring training preparation. “When you go out there you try to compete and you lay it on the line no matter if it’s a spring training game or not.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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