Papelbon’s case is strong

Jonathan Papelbon and Billy Wagner walked off the field together after batting practice yesterday, and “we talked baseball,’’ Papelbon said.
Both placed this week’s overheated controversy behind them, leaving the focus on what really matters for Papelbon: carrying a larger load as the season enters its final month.
“Last year at this time, I think we were just starting to say we were going to lean on him a little bit because he had a lot left in the tank,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “That’s kind of how we feel now.’’