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Sox can't panic over Papelbon

Bard may be pitching better statistically, but it's not the time to change things up

Updated: August 13, 2010, 4:01 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Just a quick look at his season statistics tells the simple story: Jonathan Papelbon is in the midst of his worst full season in the majors, albeit one that most pitchers would take in a heartbeat.

Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays underscored Papelbon's failings. Handed a two-run lead, Papelbon immediately gave up three straight hits, ultimately retiring only one of six opposing hitters.

In earning his career-high fifth loss of the season, Papelbon allowed three earned ...

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