Papelbon said Friday that he was taking too long to make his first pitch upon entering the game from the bullpen. Speaking before the Red Sox opened a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon said he had been warned about breaking the rule.
The Daily Item in Lynn, Mass., first reported the fine of $1,000. The paper said that Papelbon was the first player fined this season for breaking the rule designed to speed up games.
The Red Sox have the third-longest average time of game this season, 3 hours, 3 minutes.
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Major League Baseball umpires made a special visit to treat some local kids to much-needed smiles on Wednesday. They brought a Build-A-Bear workshop to patients at Rady Children's Hospital.