On Papelbon's role
Francona thought it was a "long shot" that Jonathan Papelbon would return to the closer role, though he hasn't ruled it out completely: "I don't see that happening. ... If I had my druthers he'd be our closer but we have to respect the medical people's advice. Unless that changes it's not going to happen ... even for it to happen we'd have to have a bullpen that struggles."
(Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)