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Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-09-04

Boston Red Sox Notes, Quotes 2009-09-04--RHP Jonathan Papelbon was fined by Major League Baseball for taking too long to get to the pitcher's mound during Tuesday night's game against the Rays, according to a Boston Herald report. The report stated that the Sox closer has been fined seven times this season for taking more than his allotted time to enter from the bullpen to the pitcher's mound. The MLB-mandated fines have cost Papelbon more than $10,000.

--CF Jacoby Ellsbury stole two bases in Thursday night's win over the Rays, and he took over the American League lead with 58 stolen bases on the season. Ellsbury continues to build on a franchise record after surpassing Tommy Harper's record of 54 steals. Ellsbury is the only player in franchise history with consecutive 50-steal seasons, and he already ranks seventh all-time on the franchise list with 117 career stolen bases. Freddy Parent is sixth on the all-time list with 129 stolen bases.

--2B Dustin Pedroia and manager Terry Francona were both amused upon hearing that former RHP Curt Schilling was mulling the possibility of running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death last week. When asked what the former Sox right-hander could bring to the U.S. government as a senator, Pedroia jokingly replied: "A big appetite, I guess. I don't know."

BY THE NUMBERS: 55 -- Stolen bases that OF Jacoby Ellsbury ended August with, which is a franchise record for the Red Sox. Ellsbury topped Tommy Harper's former record of 54 set in 1973 with a successful steal of third base on Aug. 25.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think Pap feels like he was misunderstood. He's not a Rhodes scholar to begin with, obviously. When I talked to him directly about it, he couldn't have been more excited about getting Billy Wagner." -- Sox GM Theo Epstein on RHP Jonathan Papelbon's reaction to an story that painted the Sox closer as nonplussed about acquiring LHP Billy Wagner.

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