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10/11/2009 - 5:14pm
Figgins: No Fenway ghosts this time

Angels third baseman Chone Figgins watched from his defensive position as a door next to the 379 marker in center field opened during the bottom of the ninth inning, after the Angels had taken their 7-6 lead. Figgins said he had a conversation with Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale. Said Figgins: "It's funny, we saw that door open, and the third base coach tells me, 'You know the ghosts just opened the door.' And I said, 'Nah, not this time.' I was like, 'Close that door so we can close all this. Get three outs and let's take it home.' " Indeed, the Angels had a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth and eliminated the Red Sox in a three-game sweep. For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


10/11/2009 - 4:47pm
Lester: Booing Papelbon 'uncalled for'

Red Sox starter Jon Lester said that he was "absolutely" surprised to hear fans booing Jonathan Papelbon after the Red Sox closer allowed the first runs of his postseason career as the Sox got eliminated, 7-6, in Game 3 of the ALDS by the Angels. Papelbon entered the game with a 5-2 lead and two outs in the eighth. He allowed both inherited runners to score, and then after retiring the Angels (via a pickoff throw) in the eighth, allowed three more runs in the ninth to end his record-setting run of 26 scoreless postseason innings to start his career.
 
"I think [the booing] surprised everybody," said Lester. "I don’t think he deserves for [the fans] to do that. Obviously, it wasn’t everybody. You could tell that. But the few people that did [boo him], I personally think it was uncalled for. But that’s the way it goes sometimes. Hopefully we can come back next year and do better."
 
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10/11/2009 - 4:31pm
Pedroia: 'Think of this year as a failure'

Dustin Pedroia drove in the first two runs of Sunday's game but felt frustrated after he and his Red Sox teammates watched the Angels rally to a 7-6 win, eliminating the Sox from the postseason. "It kind of happened real fast," Pedroia said. "We played as hard as we could. Tough way to end, obviously. We all think of this year as a failure, so the best thing we can do is work extremely hard in the offseason and get ready for next year." Pedroia added that he felt for closer Jonathan Papelbon, who allowed all three ninth-inning runs. "That's why that's the toughest job in baseball," Pedroia said. "If you save it, you're supposed to do that. If you don't, everyone points the finger, but there's no one we'd rather have the ball but him." For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


10/11/2009 - 4:10pm
Theo: 'We didn't play our baseball'

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein gave credit to the Angels following his team's shocking 7-6 loss on Sunday at Fenway Park that eliminated them from the postseason. "I think we got outplayed in this series. We didn't play our baseball. We didn't play all that well, all things told, over these last three games and they certainly did. They deserve it. They outplayed us fair and square and they deserve to move on. You have to be a really good team and play really well to move on in the playoffs. We didn't play well in this series." For more, visit the Full Count blog. 


10/11/2009 - 2:59pm
Angels eliminate Sox shockingly, 7-6

Jonathan Papelbon allowed a two-out, two-run single to Vladimir Guerrero in the ninth inning as the Angels scored three times in the frame to come from behind and shock the Red Sox, 7-6, eliminating Boston from the postseason in a three-game sweep. The Red Sox entered the ninth with a 6-4 lead and Papelbon was one strike away from victory three times, but Erick Aybar, Chone Figgins and Bobby Abreu all reached to keep the rally alive. Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double in a three-run third inning while J.D. Drew added a two-run homer an inning later as the Red Sox built a 5-1 lead after four innings. Papelbon allowed a two-run single to Juan Rivera in the eighth but picked off pinch-runner Reggie Willits to end the inning. For complete coverage, visit the Full Count blog.


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