October 3, 2010

On Baseball: Sox may have money to spend

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Jonathan Papelbon
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Jonathan Papelbon, who is eligible for arbitration, made $9.35 million last season, and it wasn’t a good one. He had career highs in ERA, blown saves, walks and homers allowed.

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2014, Fuentes could be the Red Sox starting center fielder at the age of 23.

By the way, Ellsbury, whose agent is Scott Boras, becomes a free agent after the 2013 season.

DAVID MURPHY, the former Sea Dogs and Red Sox outfielder, filled in well for Texas in Josh Hamilton's absence. Murphy batted .355 in September with three home runs and 17 RBI, until he strained a groin muscle on Sept. 29.

THE SEA DOGS' schedule was released last week, with the season opener April 7 at Hadlock Field. The road schedule appears kinder to the Sea Dogs with 25 of the 71 road games in New England (either New Britain or Manchester, N.H.)

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. Ticket prices remain the same for the fourth straight year -- $9 (box seats), $8 (reserve) and $7 (general admission). For seniors (62 and over) and kids (16 and under), the prices are $8, $7 and $4.

THE ALTOONA CURVE, Pittsburgh's Double-A affiliate, won the Eastern League, and the Curve's Matt Walbeck was named league Manager of the Year. You would think the Pirates, with their triple-digit losses in the majors, would applaud success. But the Pirates fired Walbeck last week.

Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was not given a specific reason for his dismissal, "just that it wasn't going to be a good fit."

Giger's take on the situation: "The Pirates simply look bad for not being able to find a place in their organization for a guy who clearly knows how to win. ... That's a big reason why they don't."

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