Top 9: The countdown...

September 23, 2008 - 2:53 pm
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Jonathan Papelbon now faces the middle of the Indians lineup--Shin-Soo Choo, Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez--with a chance to finalize his club's entry into October. Papelbon has been through this sort of thing before, of course: he saved Game 7 of last year's ALCS against the Indians, and also locked down Game 4 of the World Series sweep over the Rockies. Kevin Cash is still behind the plate, apparently in order to ensure that Papelbon does not--in the excitement of an opportunity to clinch--injure Jason Varitek.