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Questions remain about Papelbon

Updated: March 23, 2007, 1:40 PM ET
Jonathan Papelbon wants to be a closer for the rest of his career, Gordon Edes writes, and without trading a single prospect or trying to plug a middle reliever into the cliff-hanging role, the Red Sox have filled their gaping hole at closer.

If Boston had gone into this season with someone like Brendan Donnelly or Joel Pineiro or Devern Hansack as its closer, it would have been akin to sending out a Formula One car -- with the souped-up and expensive body and engine -- with just three tires. You can't leave the fate of a $160 million team in the hands of an untested closer.

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