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Papelbon Suspension Reduced To 2 Games

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Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox and home plate umpire Tony Randazzo #11 are separated by manager Terry Francona #47 of the Red Sox in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics on June 4, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox and home plate umpire Tony Randazzo #11 are separated by manager Terry Francona #47 of the Red Sox in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics on June 4, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon’s three-game suspension for bumping home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in a game against the A’s on June 4 was reduced to two games on Friday.

Papelbon will reportedly serve the suspension beginning Friday against the Brewers. Daniel Bard will likely fill in as closer.

Papelbon was ejected in the ninth inning of that game for his displeasure about Randazzo’s view of the strikezone and subsequently bumping him. It was his first career ejection.

In the final year of his deal with the Red Sox, Papelbon has 13 saves and a 4.18 ERA so far this season.

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