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Papelbon's confidence hasn't waned

Updated: July 9, 2010, 2:32 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Five American League closers were named All-Stars this season, including Tampa Bay's Rafael Soriano, who was added to the team when the godfather of closers, the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, withdrew for health reasons.

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, an All-Star selection in each of the previous four seasons, was not. The last time we saw Papelbon on the mound, against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, he was pitching in the seventh inning for only the fifth time in his ...

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