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Papelbon's ERA soaring, but Manuel not worried


TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had his second rough outing in as many Grapefruit League appearances on Friday, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning against the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field.

But no, manager Charlie Manuel isn't pressing the panic button. It's still just Spring Training.

"I ain't worried about Pap," Manuel said. "Pap's fine."

Papelbon led off the fifth inning Friday by issuing a walk to Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, then Robinson Cano reached on a single to center field. The next batter Papelbon faced, Minor Leaguer Addison Maruszak, knocked a double to left field to score both runners, and Papelbon's bloated Grapefruit League ERA temporarily rose from 81.00 to 108.00.

But Papelbon got out of the inning without any further damage, lowering that figure to 43.20. After inducing a line-drive out from Juan Rivera, an error by second baseman Kevin Frandsen put Melky Mesa on base. Papelbon then struck out Minor Leaguers Thomas Neal and Kyle Roller, both of whom went down swinging, to end the inning.

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