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06/13/09 4:14 AM ET

Papelbon fined for pace-of-game violation

Red Sox closer penalized $1,000 for slow play

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told a newspaper he was fined $1,000 by Major League Baseball earlier this week for violating pace-of-game guidelines.

Papelbon told the Daily Item in Lynn, Mass., that he received word of the fine from Red Sox manager Terry Francona earlier this week, and that his infraction had to do with the time it takes him to enter the game.

"The rules are the rules," he said. "But, I'm trying to figure out ways to where I cannot get fined. Obviously, I don't want to get fined or slow the game down, or be a nuisance to slow the game down. The fans want to see games that are three hours or so. I'm trying to figure that out right now to not get those fines, for sure."

In disciplinary phases in place this season, players, coaches and managers receive warnings about their actions that slow down the pace of the game before any fines are levied. Major League Baseball has imposed "multiple" player fines and one manager fine this season, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Jimmie Lee Solomon said earlier this week.

Papelbon says he's trying to adhere to the guidelines while maintaining his routine for entering a game.

"You get eight warmup pitches and you have 2 1/2 minutes to do that in, and I'm not getting that done," Papelbon told the Item. "So, I think I just got to find a way to get to the mound a little bit quicker and get my warmup pitches in, and get ready a little bit quicker."

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, The Grind. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.