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Timing is everything in closing

Jonathan Papelbon will be missed in Boston, but not as badly as you might think

Updated: November 12, 2011, 5:38 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- No word yet from the Dropkick Murphys on updated lyrics, now that Jonathan Papelbon has elected to ship out to Philly.

Papelbon always imagined himself in pinstripes. He just didn't think they would be red.

But if there was ever a winter for the Red Sox to lose their closer, this might be it. There are other options, including some good ones, and the Tampa Bay Rays just proved you can recycle a cast-off such as Kyle Farnsworth to close and still make it to the postseason.

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