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Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon fined for slow play

I never of this happening to a MLB before today. From AP-

Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been fined by major league baseball for slow play.

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.

Papelbon was warned and baseball does have a slow play problem. The fine sounds reasonable to me.

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