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Jonathan Papelbon


Papelbon's 31 saves are six fewer than Kaz Sasaki's major league record of 37 for a rookie set in 2000 with Seattle.


Boston's Papelbon was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday as a relief pitcher for the American League. Papelbon is 2-1 with a 0.43 ERA and 25 saves this season.


On Monday, the Boston Red Sox recalled Papelbon, who will start in place of the injured Wade Miller against Detroit on Tuesday. The promising pitching prospect made his major league debut against Minnesota on July 31, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings in his only big league appearance. In the minors this season, Papelbon is 6-4 with a 2.59 ERA between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.


The Boston Red Sox optioned Papelbon back to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, following his solid debut against Minnesota Sunday. The 24-year-old righthander handled his first big league assignment well before walking the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He managed to work his way out of trouble, finishing with four hits, five walks and two earned runs allowed over 5.1 frames. He struck out seven Twins, but didn't get the decision in a 4-3 Boston victory.


One of Boston's premier pitching prospects, Papelbon was recalled by the Red Sox Sunday to make the day's start against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old righthander is 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 18 starts between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2005.